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We’ve joined with UVA Telemedicine and the Center for Telehealth to host international educational teleconferences with our surgical colleagues in Rwanda.

–Taking advantage of technological innovations to find solutions in bridging universities, research, and education across continents–

above left: A teleconference session in Rwanda, hosted at Kigali Health Institute
above right: A teleconference session at UVA is hosted by the Pediatric Surgery Division


As one of the priorities of Rwanda’s development agenda is the integration of information technology, the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda (NUR), Kigali Health Institute, and the University of Virginia (UVA) have developed a complementary telehealth educational program.

Teleconference sessions are conducted at monthly between residents and faculty at NUR and UVA as a part of the dedicated academic day. A surgical resident from each program presents a clinical case or research topic.  All participants discuss the relevant issues raised, specifically highlighting any cross-cultural differences in management and presentation. Evaluation forms are completed immediately post-session and descriptively analyzed.


Learning Objectives:

  1. To develop cross-cultural professional communication skills and presentation skills in an academic setting.

  2. To build professional relationships in a culturally respectful setting.

  3. To learn about healthcare and medical education in a differently resourced environment.

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