We are seeking volunteers for our newest anesthesia projects.
Contact:  Chelsea Dascher, Volunteer Coordinator
[September 21, 2016]Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of two new anesthesia projects in Rwanda and Vietnam.  

Rwanda Sites
At the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in Kigali, HVO volunteers will improve the knowledge and skills of nurse anesthesia providers through a continuing education program, as well as assist in the implementation of the CMHS Bachelor's of Nurse Anesthesia program. 

HVO volunteers will assist in the implementation of CMHS's Bachelor's of Nurse Anesthesia program and provide clinical and didactic instruction to the school's nurse anesthesia students. In addition, volunteers will provide continuing education to practicing nurse anesthetists to supplement the on-the-job training these nurses receive. Volunteers may also assist with master's training and short professional development courses.

Vietnam Sites
At the Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy (HUMP) Hospital in Vietnam, HVO volunteers will work to improve the quality of training for nurse anesthetists, anesthesiologists, and anesthesia residents. Volunteers will also provide support to the academic development of anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. HVO volunteers will provide clinical teaching to student nurse anesthetists and/or provide clinical and didactic training to level one anesthesia residents. 

Volunteers may also assist with curriculum development for the nurse anesthesia and level one anesthesia resident training programs, and support the academic advancement of both level one anesthesia residents and student anesthesia nurses. In addition, volunteers may assist in the planning and execution of Saturday continuing education courses for anesthesia residents and anesthesiologists from HUMP and the district hospitals. There will be two to four courses offered each year. Volunteers may also assist in the planning and execution of similar courses at a level appropriate for nurse anesthetists.
HVO collaborates with the  American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Society for Education in Anesthesia on its anesthesia projects.

Volunteers to the CMHS in Kigali, Rwanda must be registered nurse anesthetists or anesthesiologists with at least 2-3 years experience and a current license to provide anesthesia. Final year residents may be recruited. HVO will recruit four volunteers to conduct a one-week continuing education course in November 2016. Beginning in 2017, assignments will be 2-4 weeks in length and will correspond with the BSc in Anesthesia training modules. HVO will recruit two volunteers for each module.

Volunteers to HUMP in Hue, Vietnam must be board certified/eligible anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists, or final year residents. Assignments are 1-4 weeks.
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Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by empowering health care professionals in resource-scarce countries with knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained health care professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. Visit  www.hvousa.org to learn how you can become part of our global health community.
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