Many of our faculty are involved in overseas countries providing free anesthesia care to the poor and indigent peoples of the world. Our residents get exposed to these experiences while training, in the hopes that they will find a lifelong passion for this work.
We partner with many organizations, including Interplast (which was started in 1969 with the support of our department), Hospital de la Familia, Medical Missions for Children, Mercy Ships, Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO invites CA2 residents to apply for SEA-Katz traveling fellowships to fund a 3-4 week overseas experience; application deadline is March of each year), Rotaplast, and others. There are also opportunities to serve overseas as an anesthesia educator. The ASA Overseas Training Program has been administrated by one of our faculty, Dr. Alice Edler. This training program supports two indigenous anesthesia training programs: one in Ghana and one in Tanzania. There are also significant opportunities for formal anesthesia instruction with Interplast.