Committees  |   October 2018
Bi-directional International Resident Scholar Exchange Is It Valuable?
Author Affiliations
  • Ana M. Crawford, M.D., M.Sc.
    Program Lead, ASA-GHO Rwanda Overseas Training Program
  • Berend Mets, M.B., Ph.D., FRCA
    Chair, Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach
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Committees   |   October 2018
Bi-directional International Resident Scholar Exchange Is It Valuable?
ASA Monitor 10 2018, Vol.82, 68-69.
ASA Monitor 10 2018, Vol.82, 68-69.
The ASA-Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach has developed and supported a Residency Training Program in Rwanda, setting up the virtuous cycle of graduating consultant anesthesiologists who in turn educate residents in the program. In so doing, we are building the capacity for specialty anesthesia programs in countries where anesthesia education is most needed.
To attract doctors and advance the standing of the specialty of anesthesiology in Rwanda, the GHO Committee has established exchange programs in the departments of anesthesiology at Stanford, Cornell and Penn State Universities, where Rwandan residents are hosted by the home institutions. These exchange residents are supported through the generosity of these departments’ funds. The considerable expense of this endeavor (around $5,000 per person) has provoked questions:
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