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The Medical University of South Carolina’s Global Health Initiative Madaktari Africa Program and the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine are developing a continuing anesthesia education program at Weill-Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania.  Weill-Bugando Medical Center is a 900-bed tertiary referral center with a medical school, nursing school and a nurse anesthesia program. There is currently only one Anesthesiologist practicing in Mwanza.  Nurse anesthetists complete twelve months of training and then enter into the workforce at local community hospitals throughout Africa.  MUSC’s goal is centered on the train forward concept whereby faculty and residents are sent to advance the level of education of both nurse anesthesia and physicians. It is expected that this improved education will result in better trained anesthesia providers who will be distributed across Tanzania and ultimately improve the safety of anesthesia. 

 By partnering with other U.S. institutions, MUSC’s department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine desires to send anesthesiologists and anesthesia residents to Mwanza to work and teach the nurse anesthesia students all twelve months of the year.  Residents will be supervised by faculty for the majority of their rotation, but will be expected to teach and supervise both in the operating room and in the classroom thus developing increasing independence. With a continued presence and investment in improving perioperative patient care and education of the nurse anesthesia students and physicians the following goals will be achieved:

1.  To work with the current anesthesia personnel to educate and improve the perioperative anesthesia management and delivery.

2.  To provide a higher quality of anesthesia at Weill-Bugando Medical Center to decrease perioperative anesthesia related morbidity and mortality

3.  To improve the education of the anesthesia students so that they may be better prepared for perioperative anesthesia management as they enter the work force, thus decreasing morbidity and mortality at community hospitals.

4.  We hope to increase medical student interest in anesthesiology, and begin to develop an anesthesia residency program at the medical center.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Carlee Clark at

About ASA: The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. Since its founding in 1905, the Society's achievements have made it an important voice in American Medicine and the foremost advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain.