University of Virginia’s Department Of Anesthesiology

The University of Virginia’s Department Of Anesthesiology will be participating in the anesthesia education program at Weill-Bugando Medical Center described above. UVA has partnered with Madaktari Africa with the goal of developing a neurosurgical program in Mwanza. We have sent a team consisting of an anesthesiologist, and anesthesiology resident, a neurosurgery resident and a critical care nurse. These have trained local surgeons in neurosurgical procedures, anesthetists in the special requirements of neuroanesthesia, and intensive care nurses in neuro critical care. We plan to repeat these trips on at least a yearly basis. Anesthesia residents will be supervised by faculty for the majority of their rotation, but will be expected to teach and supervise in the operating room and intensive care unit. As part of the anesthesia education program described above, didactic sessions for the nurse anesthesia students will be expected.

In addition to the anesthesiology goals outlined above, UVA hopes to accomplish the establishment of a self-sufficient neurosurgical service in Mwanza, with adequately trained surgeons, anesthetists and critical care nurses. Based on the Madaktari Africa philosophy, we anticipate that Weill-Bugando can then train medical personnel from other institutions in Tanzania.

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.