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Global Outreach Initiative

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Developing countries have many challenges that create barriers to safe and effective healthcare. The Global Outreach Initiative was created to encourage residents to develop a more global perspective on healthcare and foster interest in contributing to underserved areas of the world. This opportunity will give residents a valuable and unique experience in gaining an understanding of the complex issues that define global health.

For this elective rotation, a resident and a UC Irvine anesthesiologist faculty member will choose and arrange the volunteer opportunity. Together, they will join a volunteer group for one week and travel to an underserved area of the world to provide anesthesia service to the local community.

Residents will experience providing anesthesia in another country with potentially vastly different equipment, resources, and environment. Our goal is for our residents to become advocates for the advancement and safe practice of anesthesia all around the world.

Medical Missions

Zambia, Africa - May 1 to May 5, 2017

This trip to Zambia, Africa comprised of a volunteer team of nine people, ranging from orthopedic surgeons, dentists, general physicians, medical assistants, non-medical volunteers and anesthesiologists. Dr. Jennifer Gastelum (Resident Class of 2017) was one of two anesthesiologists who participated in this trip. In five days, 235 patients was seen and treated at Zimba Mission Hospital and Nyawa Rural Health Centre. The patients treated ranged from four-week-old babies to 72 year old adults. They were provided general check-ups, medical procedures and surgeries, if needed. Zambians were very appreciative of the help they received.

left quotation Seeing how anesthesia is practiced in Zambia is an incredible experience that I will appreciate for the rest of my life. I did several cases with only one or two monitors and all of the patients recovered well. Practicing safe anesthesia with very limited resources is a humbling experience and has made me truly grateful for the privilege to help the people of Zambia. This global outreach trip is hopefully the first of many to come. right quotation

Jennifer Gastelum, MD (Resident Class of 2017)

Mumbai, India - January 6 to January 16, 2017

This global outreach team consisted of Dr. Ben Sanders (Resident Class of 2017), Dr. Vishal Khemlani (Resident Class of 2017), along with attending, Dr. Ariana Nelson. They traveled to Mumbai, India to provide anesthesia services at C.N. Kothari Homeopathic Medical College at Kalidas Hospital. The anesthesia team was able to gain exposure to the various equipment, medication and resources that are only available in India. The anesthesia team gained valuable insight from this humanitarian mission.

Santa Cruz, Bolivia - March 10 to March 18, 2016

Dr. Diana Phan (Resident Class of 2016) volunteered at the medical mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Operation Smile.

Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care.

left quotation As a resident, I was blessed to have been part of an international medical mission that has affected me in such a positive way. With the help and support from the Department, I joined Operation Smile for their mission to Santa Cruz, Bolivia in Spring 2016. I was part of an international team assembled to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries to hundreds of local children over a one week period. The lessons I learned ranged from technical skills needed to provide anesthesia with much less of everything, to communication skills in order to work with a makeshift team of various languages. But, most satisfying is my new relationships with the other volunteers, a group teeming with positive energy, adventurous personalities, and pure altruism. I am already looking forward to my next mission! right quotation

Diana Phan, MD (Resident Class of 2016)