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surgery and international health?

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by asharma11, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. asharma11

    asharma11 Junior Member
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    hey folks:

    are there any general surgery programs in the US that offer residents a structured experience (i.e., via electives or research, not just volunteering) of operating in the developing world?

    thanks!
    asharma11
     
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  3. Doc2008

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    Excellent question! I too am interested in international health, specifically cardiovascular surgery in Africa. Let me know if you get any answers and I'll keep you posted if something comes my way!
     
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    Look at Brown and Indiana. Both have elective rotations for residents in Africa. (The hospital the Brown residents work at is run by a former graduate who is a cardiothoracic surgeon, so you might find that particularly relevant, Doc2008) One of the recent graduates at Vanderbilt also is currently working in Africa, but I don't know if the residents are able to work there.
     
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    i think when i interviewed at UCSF there was a healthy-sized group doing work abroad. i was impressed by the support and infra-structure for such things.
    all that said, i have no real life experience in what they have to offer.
     
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    You should check out Portland, OR. I know that they are very positive about these kinds of rotations and I think they are planning something more structured. They also offer a year long rural rotation.
     
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    Ditto this. There is an organized rotation during the 2 years req. research that is well funded and managed. Several residents seemed VERY involved and talked a lot about it...if i had any desire to travel to the third world I would have been duly impressed.
     
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    I second Oregon. They have a rural surgery fellowship where they send you to the middle of nowhere. Its supposed to be awesome. My concern was where I would then get sushi, but I digress. If you're into true general surgery for the underserved, there seem none better.

    Hopkins also has a thing where they send (?sent) residents to England. I am not sure whether they do that anymore.

    Mount Sinai (NYC) has a rotation where you go to the DR and operate like a crazy man. The residents had nothing but great things to say about it.

    Those are all that I can think of.
     

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