ASA Overseas Training Programs
- Residency Training Program in Rwanda
Our program is currently recruiting faculty volunteers to teach in Rwanda for one month each. This is a residency training program supported by ASA in collaboration with the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF), established in 2006. For more information about the program, see the ASA-GHO website.
- Residency Training Program in Guyana
A joint venture with CASIEF established in 2016 to help educate and train Guyanese Anesthesiology Residents in a newly developed residency training program at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Volunteers are needed for 2-4 week trips. Volunteers will provide classroom and clinical teaching as well as support faculty development. Expenses are supported by the ASA. For more information about the program, see the ASA-GHO website.
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Has salaried positions for anesthesiologists, able to accept assignments for a minimum of 3 months. "The anesthesiologist works as part of surgical teams deployed when existing facilities are unable to care for persons injured as a result of war. He/she may also treat victims of accident and illness. The teams work either in hospitals built, equipped, supplied and managed by the ICRC, or in existing hospitals to which the ICRC provides supplies and equipment, reinforces local personnel and, in some cases, assists with training
Health Volunteers Overseas
HVO, which sends more than 350 health care professionals abroad each year, aims to improve care in developing countries by training local personnel. Volunteers visit Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. HVO does not send "teams" but staffs each site with rolling placements of individual volunteers year-round. Major program areas are Anesthesia, Dentistry, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Hand Surgery, Internal Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing, Oral Surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, and Physical Therapy. Some assignments allow volunteers to take their spouse and/or children.
Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. The world's largest hospital ship, the Africa Mercy includes six operating rooms and a 78 bed ward. The ship's crew (about 450) is made up of both medical and non-medical volunteers who pay their own way to the ship and pay a crew fee to cover housing and meals on the ship. The anesthesia staff of six anesthesiologists includes at least four consultants, several of whom need to be pediatric anesthesiologists. Mercy Ships works with host nations and collaborates with qualified local and international partners, to help fill the gaps in health care systems, and provides mentoring and training opportunities for medical professionals. Surgical services focus on six specialities: maxillofacial, plastic reconstructive, general, ophthalmic, pediatric orthopedic, and obstetric fistula (VVF). While many of the volunteers on the ship are Christians from various denominations, a volunteer need not be Christian or have any religious affiliation in order to apply. All crew are expected to abide by the same Code of Conduct (posted on web site).
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) program
GHSP a public-private collaboration between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Established in 2012, the GHSP program is a novel federal initiative addressing vast shortages of health professionals in many parts of the world. GHSP is committed to helping increase clinical care capacity and strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings by cultivating the next generation of local doctors and nurses. The program places US health professionals alongside local medical and nursing faculty counterparts to meet the teaching needs identified at each partner institution.
Operation Smile provides free plastic reconstructive surgery in over 50 sites worldwide annually. Most service is for facial clefts, but burn scars, and other congenital deformities are also treated. Pediatricians and Pediatric Intensivists support perioperative care. Educational programs and participation with international colleagues is emphasized. Through the Global Standards of Care program, Operation Smile commits to ensure that all patients, whether treated during in-country programs or international missions, benefit from the same procedures, sophisticated equipment, and credentialed staff. Fellowship support to participate in missions is available to residents in Plastic Surgery, Pediatrics and Anesthesiology.
Formerly Interplast. Mission is to provide free reconstructive surgery for people in developing nations, while also partnering with in-country medical professionals to help them develop their skills and surgical outreach programs. Teams of 10 to 15 members include plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating room nurses, and recovery room nurses. Trips generally last two weeks, during which time 75-100 surgeries are completed. Visiting Educator Workshops are specially geared to training in surgery, orthodontics, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Resurge also supports permanent Surgical Outreach Centers in nine countries. The Webster Fellowship allows a newly trained plastic surgeon to work at Interplast sites around the world for one year.
CURE is a non-denominational Christian organization which establishes specialty teaching hospitals (currently 10) and builds partnerships in developing countries to provide direct care services, training of in-country professionals, and advocacy for the health needs of children. Specialty diagnoses targeted by CURE include facial clefts, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, club foot, spinal deformities, osteomyelitis, and burn contractures. Patients are accepted regardless of faith or creed; CURE accepts volunteers of all faiths. Teams are sent 1-5 times per country each year; longer-term individual assistance is also welcome. CURE mostly uses short term volunteers (1-2 wk) but there is are full time positions for an anesthesiologist in some CURE hospitals. Sites needing help most include Uganda, Zambia, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Malawi. See Website under 'help now '> 'go' > 'professionals', or contact agency for current needs. Opportunities for Anesthesiology Residents include the GHO Resident International Scholarship. Residents and students may be accepted at some other locations on an ad hoc basis.
Medical Missions for Children
Most procedures are cleft lips/palates and related secondary procedures. Dental team accompanies surgical team on most trips. Speech Therapists should be fluent in Spanish. Most team members have worked with each other in the past (Boston-based Board and volunteers), with others from NY and other states. Although prior international experience is not required, it is preferable. Countries visited on yearly basis with strong in-country friendships. Conferences & lectures are given throughout the trip. Costs to participant depend on funding; some are fully funded for transportation/housing, others share expense with volunteer team members. MMFC provides sponsorship forms that allow team members to raise necessary funds. Student may accompany as volunteers; contact agency.
Plastic surgical and orthopedic care for needy patients in the US and abroad, incorporating a strong teaching component as well. Operation Rainbow funds nurse's airfares and any supplies that are not donated. MDs pay their own airfare. (Although CRNA's may work independently under physician supervision, they are considered nurses for funding purposes).
Palestine Children's Relief Fund
PCRF is a relief organization whose medical components include (1) bringing injured and sick children to the U.S. and Europe for free care that is not available to them in the Middle East; (2) supporting in-country medical services by sending medical supplies and equipment to war-torn Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; and (3) sending American medical professionals to train in-country medical personnel and treat difficult cases. The International Palestinian Cardiac Relief Organization (IPCRO) is a component that provides cardiac care and open-heart surgery for Palestinian children and adults with heart conditions
Alliance for Smiles
Provides free reconstructive surgery for indigent children born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Pediatricians and Pediatric Intensivists support perioperative care. A number of non-medical positions are available to members of Rotary Clubs.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)
MSF provides assistance when catastrophic events — such as armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, or natural disasters — overwhelm local health systems. MSF also assists people who face discrimination or neglect from their local health systems or when populations are otherwise excluded from health care. The US office, based in NY is one of 19 international offices of MSF. MSF requires 2 years of professional experience, availability for at least six months (less for surgeons and anesthesia providers), current professional credentials and relevant work or travel experience outside the U.S. MSF pays most expenses and allocates a small stipend. Application process takes several months, including interview and orientation; see website for details. Once accepted, MSF will match the volunteer's professional experience with field vacancies. Although MSF generally requires a minimum commitment of 6 continuous months, some assignments are 9-12 months duration. Thus, thus more flexibility by the volunteer allows consideration for more vacancies. Surgeons and anesthesiologists may be accepted for a minimum of six weeks in the field. Field staff does not have free selection of assignments, but may decline based on issues of security or the nature of the work.
Health Talent International (Guatemala) Mission Trips
Health Talents International is a non-profit Christian organization that works within the Churches of Christ to promote medical evangelism in developing countries. Ten surgical teams travel to HTI’s Clinical Ezell in Guatemala each year for cataract surgery, herniorrhaphies, hysterectomies, and cleft palate repair for the rural Mayan and ladino population living in the area.