In this post, PT Stephanie Prendergast, shares an amazing experience she had in May when she traveled to China to take part in a series of lectures focused on raising awareness of pelvic pain.
She made the trip with an organization called GSEPS. “GSEPS” stands for the “Globel Society for Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Surgeons,” and is the brainchild of Dr. Maurice Chung, a urogyn from Ohio. The mission of GSEPS is to bring skilled medical professionals from the U.S. to China in order to educate and train the Chinese medical community to identify and treat pelvic pain.
Stephanie: "Okay, at this point, I know what many of you are thinking. You’re thinking: “Wait a minute, what about educating and training the medical community here in the U.S.!” This is a sentiment that’s certainly not lost on me. As someone who works to educate the medical community in the U.S. on pelvic pain, my experience in China actually gave me some important insight into how much work still needs to be done here in the U.S.
But before I get into that, I’d first like to share with you some of the other fascinating things that I learned and experienced on my trip. I’ll begin with a brief rundown of the current state of pelvic pain treatment in China—brief because there’s not much to it. Next, I’ll take you through my experience treating a Chinese patient with a six-year history of pelvic pain. This experience in and of itself opened my eyes to the many cultural differences between China and the U.S.! Lastly, I’ll let you in on why I believe China may surpass the U.S. in establishing a nation-wide, gold standard of care for pelvic pain sufferers."
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