Clinical research training fellowship (2018 funding round)

Dr Ahmed Barazanchi
University of Auckland
Development and application of a risk prediction tool for emergency laparotomy
24 months

Lay summary

I am a resident medical doctor in my postgraduate year 8. I completed my third year of speciality training in general surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. I have commenced the academic part of my training by a PhD enrollment this year. In the future, I would like to pursue a career as an academic surgeon working in New Zealand.

Emergency laparotomy is a commonly performed surgical procedure with a high mortality and morbidity. Several different operations can be classified as an emergency laparotomy and are commonly performed on acutely unwell patients as a lifesaving procedure. Predicting outcomes preoperatively is paramount for patient information, planning of perioperative care, and deciding on palliative therapies. My PhD will aim to develop a reliable and easy-to-use predictive score based on preoperative patient state. The score will be developed using retrospective data and validated and adjusted in a multicentre prospective cohort.

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