Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

Volunteer Anesthesia in Underdeveloped Countries

Anesthesia residents in Accra, Ghana 12/2001

Many of our faculty are involved in overseas countries providing free anesthesia care to the poor and indigent peoples of the world. Our residents get exposed to these experiences while training in the hope of instilling a lifelong passion for this work. We have partnered with many organizations, including Interplast (which was started in 1969 with the support of our department), Hospital de la Familia, Medical Missions for Children, Mercy Ships, Health Volunteers Overseas,(HVO invites CA2 residents to apply for SEA-Katz travelling fellowships to fund a 3-4 wk overseas experience - applications deadline March of each year) Rotaplast etc.

Axillary blocks placed in small child undergoing bilateral hand reconstruction. La Paz, Bolivia, 3/2004

There are also opportunities to serve overseas as an anesthesia educator. The ASA Overseas Training Program has been administrated by one of our faculty Dr. Alice Edler which serves in supporting two indigenous anesthesia training programs: Ghana and Tanzania. There are also significant opportunities for formal anesthesia instruction with Interplast.

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