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February 2014

Dear Friends,   

 

Many of our volunteers, upon completion of an assignment, report that their experience reminded them of why they wanted to work in health care. Many report that the opportunities provided to volunteers allowed them to spend more time with patients and refresh their diagnostic skills.

 

What if these opportunities occurred as you were embarking on your career? Would it change the direction of your interest? Would it increase confidence in your skills and make you more aware of cross-cultural issues in your home environment? These are all comments HVO has received from so many volunteers over the years.

 

Encouraging physicians at the start of their careers not only develops their skills but brings an awareness of global health care that will challenge and enrich them for years to come. It has been demonstrated that such an experience early in a career fosters an interest in continuing to volunteer, both at home and abroad.  

 

For this reason, HVO - with the support of some association partners and individual donors - offers a number of fellowships for senior residents. Successful fellowship applicants travel to established HVO project sites with an attending from their own residency program or a suitable preceptor to teach and train students and mentor junior residents in their specialty area. In the past, HVO has offered fellowships in anesthesia, orthopaedics and hand surgery, and, currently, applications for fellowships in orthopaedics and hand surgery are being accepted (please visit the HVO website for details).

 

Returning residents often note that the fellowships gave them the opportunity to provide more intensive basic training to medical students and residents at the site, whose education would often not be as thorough since many hospitals are short-staffed. Dr. Sarah Beth Nossov, a resident who volunteered with HVO in Malawi, remarked:

 

Sometimes it seemed like the smallest contributions were most important, like technique pearls. For example: there were a lot of plaster shortages in many district hospitals, so one hospital would not do any skeletal traction as they would typically dangle the weight off a plaster loop that connected to the ends of the traction pin. I drew out designs of a metal substitute they could have fabricated in the village and re-used.

 

The flexibility and ingenuity she shared is something that will benefit the project site and will serve her well in her career, wherever it takes her. If you know of a qualified resident who is ready for such a challenge and opportunity, please encourage them to apply! Or if you're interested in contributing to a fellowship fund, please contact us.

Sincerely,

 

Nancy 

Nancy A. Kelly, MHS

Executive Director

 

  
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The Golden Apple

Each year, HVO recognizes outstanding contributions to our organization and mission by awarding the Golden Apple.    

    

Health Volunteers Overseas is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Golden Apple Award. Each HVO supporter honored with the Golden Apple demonstrates a strong Golden Applecommitment to HVO's educational mission through curriculum development, teacher training, exceptional didactic or clinical training, organizational leadership and contribution to the sustainability of HVO as an organization.

 

If you know someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to HVO, please NOMINATE them. The deadline for nominations is February 24, 2014.

VolunteerWe Need You
Volunteer with HVO! Here are just a few openings we have available. Visit our website for a full program list.

Dermatology   Volunteer!  

Vietnam

Volunteers needed for 1-2 week assignments in spring 2014. Contact the program department for more information. 

 

Emergency Medicine 

Bhutan - URGENT! 

Volunteer urgently needed for May 2014 assignment. Volunteers are also needed for 1 month assignments for summer and fall 2014. Contact the program department for more information.

 

Hematology

Cambodia

Hematologists with pediatric background needed for assignment in 2014; volunteers needed through 2014. Contact the program department for more information. 

 

Oncology

Cambodia

Gynecologic oncologists and/or OB-GYN volunteers needed from April through summer 2014 for 2-4 week assignments to help develop a cervical cancer screening program. Contact the program department for more information.

Vietnam
Volunteers with background in cervical cancer needed April 12-20, 2014 for National Cervical Cancer Conference. Palliative Care Physician and Nurse Clinician also needed for assignments throughout the year. Contact the program department for more information.

Nursing Education 

Bolivia 

Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments spring and summer 2014. Volunteers must be able to speak intermediate Spanish. Contact the program department for more information. (See this month's feature photo!)

Cambodia
Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments spring 2014. Contact the program department for more information.

Orthopaedics, Hand Surgery
Bhutan - URGENT!

Sub-specialist (e.g. hand, foot and ankle) volunteer urgently needed for 1 month assignment June 2014. Contact the program department for more information. 

 

Ghana
Volunteers should have trauma, pediatric, or hand surgery experience. Hand surgeons may be orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery. Contact the program department for more information.

Pediatrics
Bhutan - URGENT!
Volunteer urgently needed for 1 month assignment May 2014. Please contact the program department for more information.

Physical Therapy
Malawi
Volunteers needed for four to six week assignments spring and summer 2014. Contact the program department for more information.
FellowshipsFellowship Opportunities

An opportunity for those-in-training to contribute to HVO's mission of teaching and training 

    
Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowships

Now accepting applications for 2014 HVO Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowships. The fellowship will provide funding for senior orthopaedic residents (4th or 5th year) to volunteer at an active HVO orthopaedic project for a minimum of 4 weeks. Applications due March 3, 2014.

 

ASHT Hand Surgery Traveling Fellowships

Now accepting applications for 2014 American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH)-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowships. The fellowship provides funding for eligible surgeons (R3, R4, R5, Fellows and Surgeons within three years of their fellowship) to volunteer at active HVO hand surgery projects for at least four weeks. Applications are due April 1, 2014. 

 

AAWC Grants Available

The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) will fund five $1,500 grants for AAWC members to travel to HVO Wound and Lymphedema project sites in 2014. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Visit the HVO fellowship webpage to learn more.
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HVO volunteer and project director Elizabeth Cartwright, PhD, BSN with staff of the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia
Elizabeth Cartwright, PhD, BSN with staff of the Department of Pediatrics at the Hospital Arco Iris in La Paz, Bolivia


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