Obstetrics & Gynecology

Health Volunteers Overseas is proud to welcome the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a sponsor of our Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob-Gyn) program.

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country-to-country and project-to-project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months.

 

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Deschapelles, Haiti – Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS)
HVO volunteers will work with staff at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) to increase surgical and clinical skills and knowledge of Ob-Gyn clinicians in vaginal surgery. Volunteers will also work with HAS staff to improve communication between Ob-Gyn clinicians and pediatricians at the time of delivery and to advance implementation of cesareans.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Obstetrics & gynecology – all topics; vaginal surgery, fetal monitoring, ultrasound, laparoscopy, vesicovaginal fistula repair, and cesareans of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board certified/eligible generalist obstetricians/gynecologists with a current US license and a minimum of 4 years experience. Academic experience is helpful, but not required.

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Not suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

Bhaktapur, Nepal – Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital (BCH)
HVO volunteers will contribute to the development and implementation of a structured surgical gynecologic oncology training program at BCH. Volunteers will work with BCH staff to develop a gynecologic oncology curriculum for both didactic and clinical skills, and provide surgical and didactic training to BCH gynecologic oncologists.

Assignment: 1-2 weeks

Teaching Topics: Oncology – gynecologic oncology

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board-certified gynecologic oncologists with at least two years of post-fellowship experience.

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, curriculum development, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

Kampala, Uganda – Makerere University & Mulago Hospital
This project aims to improve the knowledge and skills of the Ob-Gyn faculty, clinicians and trainees at Makerere University and Mulago Hospital. HVO volunteers at this project site coordinate with the university to provide two evidence-based CME lectures and one simulation session per week to the clinicians. Volunteers may also participate in clinic rounds and collaborate with clinicians and faculty on obstetrics, acute gynecology, REI or urogynecology.

Assignment: 1 week minimum

Teaching Topics: Obstetrics & gynecology – all topics; obstetrics, acute gynecology, REI or urogynecology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if accompanied by a faculty member.

Qualifications: Board-certified obstetricians/gynecologists with current license. Academic and teaching experience is helpful.

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

Hue, Vietnam – Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HUMP)
This project aims to both improve the knowledge and skills of HUMP Ob-Gyn staff and specialists and to improve Ob-Gyn postgraduate training at HUMP. In addition to these two goals, this project also focuses on collaborating with Ob-Gyn staff to conduct scientific research and to provide mentorship in research design, methodology, data analysis and manuscripts preparation for submission to scientific journal in various areas. Volunteers provide lectures, clinical supervision and surgical teaching. Volunteers also act as mentors and can assist students with their studies and writing papers.

Assignment: 2-3 weeks

Teaching Topics: Obstetrics & gynecology – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if accompanied by a faculty member.

Qualifications: Board-certified obstetricians/gynecologists with current license and at least 10 years of experience preferred, although 5 years or more may be considered. Academic and teaching experience is recommended. Retired volunteers are accepted.

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring, research advising, surgical training

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

For more projects in gynecologic oncology, please visit our oncology program page for projects that are currently recruiting.

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