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ORTHOPAEDICS

Thimphu & Mongar, Bhutan - National Referral Hospital & Eastern Regional Referral Hospital

The primary site in Thimphu needs volunteers to provide training to orthopaedic surgeons, a general surgeon, orthopaedic assistants and technicians. Volunteers who have previously served in Bhutan are needed for 6 - 8 week assignments in Mongar, in the eastern part of the country. Volunteers must be board eligible/certified, retired and actively practicing surgeons and/or in either private practice or with academic appointments. Final year residents are accepted if paired with an attending. Assignments are 4 weeks.

La Paz, Bolivia – Hospital Arco Iris

Volunteers provide teaching and training to orthopaedic surgeons, a plastic surgeon, interns and nurses. Topics include arthroscopy, complex trauma, pediatric spine, microsurgery, and other areas identified by the site. HVO will provide three 6 – 8 week training courses each year with 2 – 3 volunteers recruited for each course. A specific clinical topic will be designated for each training course. Assignments will be for a minimum of 2 weeks. Final year residents accepted if paired with an attending.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope

Volunteers provide training in orthopaedic procedures to Cambodian physicians who will assume responsibility for orthopaedic care at SHCH. Training provided in many sub-specialty areas including amputation care, internal fixation, spine, polio, and foot and ankle surgery. Volunteers for this program must be board eligible/certified. Recently retired surgeons are also welcome. Final year residents are accepted if paired with an attending. Assignments are 2 - 4 weeks.

Wenzhou, China - Wenzhou Medical School

Volunteers provide orthopaedic sub-specialty training for residents and physicians at the Wenzhou Medical College. Volunteers with expertise in the following areas are needed: trauma, sports medicine, MSK oncology, upper extremity, spine, foot and ankle, pediatric orthopaedic and adult reconstruction. Volunteers for this program must be board eligible/certified. Residents are accepted if paired with an attending. Assignments are 3- 4 weeks.

San Jose & Liberia, Costa Rica - Caja Costaricese de Seguro Social

Volunteers provide training at 8 hospitals. Topics include (but are not limited to): scoliosis surgery, thoracoscopy, pelvic osteotomies, surgical treatment of club foot, limb length discrepancies, knee and hip arthroplasties, the use of locking plates, internal fixation of hand and limb fractures and shoulder arthroscopy. Active/retired orthopaedic surgeons are needed and must be board certified/eligible, hold a current license, and have minimum 3 years of experience. Final year residents who are paired with another fully trained volunteer are qualified. Assignments are 1 week.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Addis Ababa University

Volunteers provide training to physicians, residents, and medical students in trauma, pediatric orthopaedics, knee arthroscopy, and other orthopaedic areas as needed. Volunteers provide training in a variety of ways including conducting ward rounds, surgical demonstrations, bedside training and didactic lectures. Assignments are for 2-4 weeks with 4-6 volunteers needed a year. Final year residents accepted if paired with an attending.

Kumasi, Ghana – Accident and Emergency Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

The goals of this project are to assist the faculty to increase the number and quality of trained orthopaedic, trauma, and plastic surgeons in Ghana; to assist in the acquisition of teaching/training materials; and to develop a sustainable training program that will produce both practicing surgeons and orthopaedic/plastics faculty. Volunteers should be board certified/eligible and need an active license to practice medicine unless they are retired. The initial focus of the program is on trauma, pediatrics, and hand with other specialties being explored. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. Residents should be accompanied by a willing mentor. Click here for the full program description

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Hospital Escuela

Hand surgeons are needed to augment the training curriculum in hand surgery for plastic, orthopaedic, and general surgery residents. Assignments are for a minimum of 1week with volunteers needed 4 times a year.

Blantyre, Malawi - Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

Volunteers are needed to provide educational support to the Department of Surgery, specifically to train Orthopaedic Clinical Officers (OCO's). After completing their training, OCO's are assigned to regional hospitals which do not have orthopaedic surgeons on staff. Both generalists and sub-specialists are recruited. Volunteers for this program must be board eligible/certified. Residents are accepted if paired with an attending. Assignments are 4 weeks.

Chisinau, Moldova - State University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Volunteers provide orthopaedic training for local physicians, residents, and medical students at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Volunteers must be board eligible/certified. Assignments are 2 weeks and are scheduled in the spring and fall.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia - National Traumatology and Orthopaedic Research Center

Volunteers provide training to orthopaedic surgery faculty members and residents working at the center. Specialty areas include pelvic and acetabular trauma, knee arthroscopy, pediatric orthopaedics, hand surgery, and other orthopaedic sub-specialty areas as identified by the site. Volunteers need to have five years of professional experience, must be board eligible/certified and hold a current license. Final year residents are eligible to volunteer if paired with an experienced volunteer surgeon. Retired volunteers are welcome. Assignments are a minimum of 2 weeks.

Yangon, Myanmar – Yangon General Hospital and Yangon Orthopaedic Hospital

Volunteers are needed to review, revise, and support the orthopaedic residency program, and to provide sub-specialty training for the general orthopaedic surgeons in trauma, infection control, pediatrics, hand surgery, spine surgery, orthopaedic oncology, arthroplasty, arthroscopic and sports surgery, and external fixators. General orthopaedists and sub-specialists who are board certified/eligible and have prior overseas experience are needed. Assignments are 2-4 weeks.

Managua, Nicaragua - Hospital Antonio Lenin Fonseca, Hospital Escuela Roberto Caldern, Hospital Militar and Hospital Fernando Velez Paiz

Volunteers are needed to improve the training in the state hospital and military hospital residency programs by providing clinical and didactic education in general orthopaedics and all specialty areas. Volunteers may be retired or in active practice. Sub-specialists and generalists are welcome. Volunteers should hold a current license in the US or Canada and must be board certified/eligible and must have at least three years of professional experience. Residents can be sent if paired with another volunteer. Assignments are 2 weeks.

Vieux Fort, St. Lucia - St. Jude Hospital

St Jude Hospital experienced a major fire in September 2009. The facility has been evacuated and is now located at the nearby George Odlum Stadium. Volunteers provide basic orthopaedic care. The work schedule involves surgical clinics and planned operative cases. The case load varies, but the usual work day runs from morning to early afternoon. Volunteers must be board certified/eligible, retired or in active practice and hold a current license. 3 years of professional experience are required. Assignments are 2 - 4 weeks.

Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC)

Volunteers provide training at KCMC to orthopaedic faculty members and residents. Generalists as needed as well as sub-specialists in a variety of specialties including but not limited to hand, foot and ankle, spine, and oncology. Training provided through presentations, participating in clinics and rounds, as well as hand-on demonstrations. Volunteers must hold a current license. Residents may volunteer if paired with an experienced volunteer. Assignments are 2 - 4 weeks.

Kampala, Uganda - Mulago Hospital

Volunteers participate in teaching residents in the Masters of Medicine of Orthopaedic Surgery Program as well as teaching orthopaedic assistants, medical students and physicians at the national teaching hospital. Surgeons also conduct clinics and operating sessions with Ugandan doctors in upcountry regional hospitals. Volunteers must be board eligible/certified. Physicians may be either retired or in active practice. Volunteers need least 1 year of professional experience and hold a current license. Assignments are 4 weeks.