Physicians from land and sea joined together June 19 for a special Maritime Medicine event at the MGH as part of the historic Sail Boston program.

“We are honored to welcome the medical staff from the tall ships in Sail Boston,” said Andrew A. Freiberg, MD, interim chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of the Center for Hip and Knee Replacement.“This academic program at the MGH is a first for the many physicians, nurses, dentists and medics who care for sailors in their world travels.”

The lecture series featured MGH physicians from several departments. Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus, discussed the history of the MGH and the Ether Dome;Andrew S. Liteplo, MD, division chief of Emergency Ultrasound, divulged the pros of diagnostic ultrasound; Sandra B. Nelson, MD, of the Infectious Disease Unit, delved into marine infections; R. Malcolm Smith, chief of Trauma Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, touched upon the treatment of acute fractures; and Jennifer A. Magee, DMD, talked about dental emergencies. 

The speaking series was followed by a tour of thehistoric Ether Dome and a reception in the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.

“It was a very interesting, practice-focused and really nice program,” said Thomas Karg, MD, Emergency Medicine physician and trainer on the Alexander Von Humboldt II tall ship, which sailed in with the Sail Boston fleet from Bermuda. “There is special training for each individual ship, and therefore the education and training before trainees go on each ship is different. Not all training is focused on maritime medicine – small vessels just have paramedics on board – so this sort of education is important.”

Sail Boston wrapped up June 22, when the tall ships set sail for their next port.The vessels are slated to arrive in Quebec City on July 18.

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