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Full circle: Sweetgrass basket idea leads to African neck brace First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,
Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,

Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Resident’s Perspective

This post was written by Rob Bartlett, MD

It has been two weeks since I returned from Tanzania. Every day I am confronted with situations that take me back to my time at Bugando Medical Center. These are especially evident as I work within an American medical system that is touted as the best in the world with what seems to be unlimited resources and skilled practitioners. Anesthesia in particular has become one of the safest specialties thanks to expensive resources like improved drugs, monitors and equipment. Operating within this American model it is often easy to forget

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Resident’s Perspective

BY: ROB BARTLETT, MD

It has been two weeks since I returned from Tanzania. Every day I am confronted with situations that take me back to my time at Bugando Medical Center. These are especially evident as I work within an American medical system that is touted as the best in the world with what seems to be unlimited resources and skilled practitioners. Anesthesia in particular has become one of the safest specialties thanks to expensive resources like improved drugs, monitors and equipment. Operating within this American model it is often easy to forget that we are fortunate

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia's Matt McEvoy

BY: MATT MCEVOY, MD

Again, I am excited by the educational opportunities at Bugando. Rob’s efforts are reflective of what can happen as our department makes a concerted effort over the next 5-10 years at Bugando. (For a vision of where we can be headed, read Peters JL, et al. Anesthesia Teaching in Ghana: A 10-Year Experience. Intl Anesthes Clin, 2010; 48:23–37) There are only 2 nurse anesthetist schools in Tanzania, a country of 40 million people! Thus, the graduates there will treat a vast population of people in need. The stories that we could tell, the memories that we

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia's Matt McEvoy

This post was written by Matt McEvoy, MD

Again, I am excited by the educational opportunities at Bugando. Rob’s efforts are reflective of what can happen as our department makes a concerted effort over the next 5-10 years at Bugando. (For a vision of where we can be headed, read Peters JL, et al. Anesthesia Teaching in Ghana: A 10-Year Experience. Intl Anesthes Clin, 2010; 48:23–37) There are only 2 nurse anesthetist schools in Tanzania, a country of 40 million people! Thus, the graduates there will treat a vast population of people in need. The stories that we could tell,

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Program Director's Perspective

BY: MATT MCEVOY, MD

Rob Bartlett and I travelled to Mwanza, Tanzania in October and November of this year. Rob was there for a month and I was there for two weeks. While there, we picked up on the great work that Carlee Clark had previously done, and the story continued…. I will try to capture some snapshots for you, and I am afraid that you will see some snapshots of me in Rob’s account of our trip! Bugando Medical Center is a 900-bed tertiary care hospital that sits atop the highest hill in Mwanza overlooking the beautiful Lake Victoria. However, the hospital in picture is

Mwanza, Tanzania from Anesthesia Program Director's Perspective

This post was written by Matt McEvoy, MD

Rob Bartlett and I travelled to Mwanza, Tanzania in October and November of this year. Rob was there for a month and I was there for two weeks. While there, we picked up on the great work that Carlee Clark had previously done, and the story continued…. I will try to capture some snapshots for you, and I am afraid that you will see some snapshots of me in Rob’s account of our trip! Bugando Medical Center is a 900-bed tertiary care hospital that sits atop the highest hill in Mwanza overlooking the beautiful Lake Victoria. However, the

Haydom, Tanzania - Excerpts from MUSC Anesthesia

This post was written by Carlee Clark, MD

This past September I had the opportunity to return to Haydom, Tanzania with the Madaktari Program. This trip was special for many reasons. I had the opportunity to see where and how the Madaktari program originated. In addition, I had the fortune of making this trip with several other MUSC physicians: Drs. Dilantha Ellegala and Sunil Patel from the Neurosurgery department, Dr. Del Schutte from Orthopedics, and Drs. Eric Powers and Peter Zwerner from Cardiology. I described my trip to many as a week spent at a medical church camp.

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