Ann Ng, MD
Ann first started exploring her interest in global health in medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she completed the international health track, which included coursework and rotations in underserved settings. During medical school, she spent a week as a first year in rural Honduras helping see patients in a primary care clinic. As a fourth year, she spent one month in Shandong, learning about tuberculous control.
She was very excited to attend Stanford and participate in several global health trips as an anesthesiologist. At the beginning of her CA-3 year, she participated in a medical mission with the organization Hospital de la Familia coordinated by Dr. Dennis Siegler, an obstetrician from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She provided anesthetics for adult and pediatric patients for plastics, general surgery, and gynecology cases. During this trip, she had the unique opportunity to work together on these cases with other Stanford trainees in general surgery, plastics, and obstetrics. It was a great educational experience to practice anesthesia in a resource-limited setting in a very different environment outside of her Stanford training.
Later in her CA-3, she went to Zimbabwe for a month-long rotation with former global health fellow and Stanford Clinical Instructor Dr. Rebecca McGoldrick. The trip was sponsored by Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) as a continuation of Stanford's educational relationship with the University of Zimbabwe through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative. The rotation was a teaching rotation, where Ann lectured and engaged other anesthesia registrars/trainees in discussions about topics in cardiac, pediatric, and neuroanesthesia. She also ran a difficult-airway workshop utilizing resources available in the local environment. In addition to the great opportunity to both teach and learn from other anesthesia trainees in Zimbabwe, Ann also had the chance to travel and explore some of Africa in her first time to the continent.
After graduation, Ann will be a pediatric anesthesia fellow at Texas Children's Hospital, where she plans to work with faculty there and participate in other global health educational trips and medical missions.
Christina Stachur, MD, MPH
Prior to medical school, Christina Stachur completed an MPH at Boston University with a concentration in International Health. Her focus was on medical education in developing countries with the hope to train and retain more doctors in sub-Saharan Africa. In medical school at Stanford she continued her interest in international health through various student groups and projects. During residency she received the "ASA Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship" - a month-long funded fellowship to teach and practice anesthesia at Ethiopia's CURE Hospital. The experience was transformative and truly eye-opening to see how anesthesia is practiced in low-income countries. She continues to maintain contact with CURE Ethiopia, in particular with the in-country liaison and Medical Director, Dr. Mary Bernard, and hopes to return to Ethiopia in the near future. After graduation she will start working at Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio as member of their anesthesia faculty, where she hopes to develop an international health department for residents.
Lauren Steffel, MD
Lauren attended Harvard Medical School and completed an internship in internal medicine before beginning anesthesia residency.
In October 2015, she practiced anesthesia for the first time outside the realm of the Stanford teaching hospital and traveled on a week-long medical mission to Antigua, Guatemala, with HUGS (Help Us Give Smiles), a non-profit organization. On this mission, ENT facial plastic surgeons and anesthesiologists provide pediatric cleft lip/palate repair and microtia surgery, in which children and adolescents with absent or deformed ears receive surgical ear prostheses. She was fortunate to travel with a Stanford faculty member of pediatric anesthesiology, Dr. RJ Ramamurthi, and cared exclusively for the children undergoing cleft lip and palate repair, as these children undergo surgery at a younger age and need the expertise of a pediatric-trained provider.
In February 2016, she traveled to Kigali, Rwanda with Stanford faculty member Dr. Ana Crawford to participate in the Rwandan anesthesiology resident training program created by CASIEF (Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation). During this global health experience, she and Dr. Crawford spent time both within the operating room setting as well as in dedicated teaching sessions at the university teaching hospital. She coached Rwandan anesthesiology residents on how to deliver presentations on the topics of ventilator management and intraoperative pulmonary embolus, and also created simulation sessions to recreate and discuss practical anesthetic emergency situations, including venous air embolus. This trip was very different from her previous global health experience in Guatemala. In lieu of performing anesthetics for individual patients, Lauren’s role was to teach and assess Rwandan anesthesiology residents. Teaching anesthetic care in an environment with different resources and cultural norms was both extremely challenging and rewarding, and she grew as an educator.
Lauren just returned from Vietnam (March 2016), where she participated in the Society for Education in Anesthesia--Health Volunteers Overseas fellowship. She was placed at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City that specializes in traumatology and orthopedics and gave daily lectures on topics of their choice and also intraoperative teaching in the ORs. Next year she will be doing a fellowship in regional anesthesiology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. Lauren is interested in the implementation of regional anesthesiology in a global health context and plans to continue to go on teaching missions that build self-capacity as an attending.