Dr. Nguon first met Dr. Bill McClure 22 years ago when Dr. Nguon was a surgical resident and Dr. McClure was one of the plastic surgeons on a ReSurge trip to Vietnam. Now, for the first time since Dr. Nguon was his student, he and Dr. McClure are working together as plastic surgeons in Quang Ngai.
While operating together Dr. McClure showed Dr. Nguon the latest techniques for certain procedures. By around lunch time, Dr. Nguon told Dr. McClure that he may be learning more on this trip than he learned 22 years ago.
Expertise sharing is the cornerstone of the ReSurge model, which revolves around not only bringing reconstructive surgery to the poor in developing nations, but also bringing the requisite skills to local plastic surgeons to enable them to perform such surgeries on their own.