Several of our UVA faculty members have been involved in international surgery opportunities.
Dr. Calland helping a student with essential surgical skills.
Dr. Calland is an acute care/trauma surgeon and leads the UVA efforts in Rwanda, coordinating the UVA surgical recruitment for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) project and mentoring several student and resident research projects in Rwanda. His research interests include injury epidemiology and outcomes, access to care, and surgical burden of disease (and economic implications). Dr. Calland has been to Rwanda several times and just moved to Kigali in December 2012 to spend 4 months as a surgical mentor at the University Teaching Hospital-Kigali for the HRH program.
Dr. Hanks is a Professor Emeritus of Surgery and former C Bruce Morton Chair and Chief of the Division of General Surgery. He participated in 2013 and 2014 as an external examiner for the medical students in Rwanda and had this to say about his experience:
“I was honored to be asked by the Government of Rwanda to be an external evaluator of the curriculum in surgery and the examination process involving Medical Students in their Surgical Rotations and Surgical Residents in training at the University Hospital and Medical School in Kigali. My assignment was to review curriculum and witness oral examinations at the end of the academic year over three years. I visited in 2013 and 2014.
Dr. Hanks with Dr. Georges Ntakiyiruta, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Rwanda, and Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa, Dean of the School of Medicine.
I was struck by the dedication of the Faculty in Kigali to teaching and their thirst for knowledge from visitors – both in the clinical arena as well as the process of examinations. Just in the one year’s difference, I could see improvements – small but perceptible in these areas. Likewise, I was struck by the commitments of the students to learning – clearly in a resource limited environment. I will look forward to returning in the Spring to see if the trajectory continues upward, as I suspect it will.”
Dr. Crosby spent 3 months as an HRH mentor in Kigali, Rwanda during the first year of HRH. He was based primarily at the King Faisal Hospital and was helping to develop a thoracic surgery training curriculum. Want to know more about his experience in Rwanda? Check out the blog he and his wife kept:Click here.
Dr. Rodgers (left) and Dr. Crosby (middle) tour the military hospital with the head of surgery in Kigali.
Dr. Rodgers has operated on children around the world! He and the Division of Pediatric Surgery have maintained a partnership in Costa Rica for several decades (you know, an impressively long time). Dr. Rodgers also visited Rwanda in February 2012 and is helping to develop a pediatric surgery training curriculum. Read about the Division of Pediatric Surgery’s efforts here
Dr. Schirmer at the market in Kigali
Dr. Schirmer is just getting his feet wet when it comes to international surgery. He spent a week in Rwanda during February 2011, assessing the situation for the potential role of UVA Surgery in the goal of helping Rwanda achieve the ability to train and produce enough quality surgeons to better meet their population’s needs. He hopes to renew his international travels soon. As the program director for the UVA Surgery Residency program, he is supportive of our resident rotation in Rwanda and exchange rotation at UVA.
Dr. Rasmussen operates with Dr. King at the military hospital.
Dr. Rasmussen has always wanted to be involved in international health and was excited to travel to Rwanda in April 2012 to help with developing a pediatric surgery training curriculum. She is also interested in international health outcomes research in the pediatric population.
But wait! That’s not it! We have more faculty that are involved, and we will update their information soon!!