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Kumasi, Ghana – Accident and Emergency Center at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

Hand surgery volunteers work with both the orthopaedic trauma and plastics departments. Volunteers would work in both the operating room and in clinic. When there is no hand surgery on the list, volunteers can share knowledge while scrubbing in orthopedics or plastic surgery casesVolunteers should be board certified/eligible and need an active license to practice medicine unless they are retired. The initial focus of the program is on trauma, pediatrics, and hand with other specialties being explored. Assignments are 2-4 weeks. Residents should be accompanied by a willing mentor.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Hospital Escuela

Hand surgeons are needed to augment the training curriculum in hand surgery for plastic, orthopaedic, and general surgery residents at Hospital Escuela, an 800 -1000 bed facility.  This is the teaching hospital for the University Medical School.  There are a total of 18 residents (6 in general surgery, 10 in orthopaedics and 2 in plastics).  Volunteers provide lectures, conduct rounds, participate in surgery, demonstrate any specialty expertise, and attend weekly conferences.  In addition, volunteers act as consultants in the out-patient clinic as an opportunity to continue the training of the residents.  Volunteers must hold a current license. Assignments are for a minimum of 1 week with volunteers needed 4 times a year.

Managua, Nicaragua - Hospital Escuela Antonio Lenin Fonseca, Hospital Militar Escuela and Hospital Fernando Velez Paiz

This joint hand surgery/hand therapy program augments the training for hand therapists and surgeons. Volunteers are involved in training through lecturing, conducting rounds, demonstrating specialty expertise, and attending weekly conferences for staff, residents, and hand therapists.  Volunteers act as consultants in the out-patient clinic and provide clinical instruction.  Hand surgery volunteers must be board certified in orthopaedics, plastics, or general surgery.  Hand therapy volunteers must be licensed in physical or occupational therapy and specialize in hand therapy or be certified hand therapists.   Assignments are 1 week in length.

For hand surgeons who have experience handling other orthopaedic cases, the following additional sites are available with HVO's orthopaedic programs:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Ghana
  • Malawi
  • Mongolia
  • Nicaragua
  • St. Lucia
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda