The fellow clinical experience aims to provide focused, individualized education in the areas of global health and anesthesia in low resourced areas. This particular trip has the mission of continuing medical education opportunities and testing criteria for the anesthesia clinical officers and students. The trip will continue to focus on both clinical exposure and on providing education to the Malawian clinical officers and students.
The citizens of Malawi will benefit from the care we provide, both by the immediate clinical experience and the sustained education and training of the clinical officers who live and work at Kamuzu Central Hospital. Those that practice medicine and sustain Kamuzu Central Hospital will also benefit from ongoing educational efforts. I desire to help this population in particular for two main reasons 1) there is a dearth of practicing anesthesiologists in the country of Malawi, and efforts to grow and sustain perioperative anesthetic services are imperative and 2) UNC Hospitals and the Department of Anesthesiology have a long-standing relationship and dedication to Kamuzu Central Hospital and the anesthesia clinical officers who do the work year-round
The impact is maintain the relationship and sustain the mission of growing anesthetic services and periodic-operative anesthesia care.
We continued our mission to build capacity for safe anesthesia care at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. We have begun long-term projects to introduce POCUS and simulation to enhance the care and education provided by the Anesthesia Clinical Officers. The work is extremely challenging and gratifying, and our relationship with those we are in collaboration with remains strong and promising after 10 years of visits.