KATH is an older, general hospital with more than one thousand beds; it is organized into four main inpatient blocks: medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, and surgery. KATH has six anesthesiologists and many staff nurse anesthetists. Current training and continuing education opportunities for anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists include scientific meetings, specialty training abroad, local refresher courses, and in-house education programs such as seminars and journal clubs for residents. KATH has also launched a new Bachelors of Science degree program in anesthesia for practicing certified nurse anesthetists.
Working with KATH faculty, HVO volunteers will increase the number and quality of trained anesthesia residents, nurse anesthetist staff, nurse anesthetist students, medical students and House Officers in Ghana, augmenting teaching and training for students and staff through lectures, bedside training, mentoring and more. HVO volunteers will collaborate and mentor faculty and student research projects. They will also work with local staff to improve operating room efficiency, utilization, patient safety and outcomes, and assist in the acquisition of anesthesia teaching and training materials.
HVO will recruit highly-qualified, active or retired anesthetists. The site welcomes volunteers in all subspecialties of anesthesiology, but trauma and pediatric experience is required. Academic experience is helpful, but not required. Residents paired with a preceptor may be considered for assignment. Assignments are two to four weeks, with four weeks preferred.
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