Global Health Equity Fellowship Rotation


 

Fellowship Description

Fellow Requirements

Application Process

Current Rotation Sites

For Sites Interested in Participating

Reflections from Past Fellows

 


Fellowship Description

 

The ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Equity Fellowship Rotation was founded by the ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Special Interest Group (SIG) in 2019 to strengthen care in limited-resource settings and to promote the growth of ASRA Pain Medicine fellows as physicians and leaders in the global health community.

The rotation is sponsored by ASRA Pain Medicine and is funded up to $5,000 USD for one Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine or Pain Medicine Fellow per academic year. Participants may choose from any two- to four-week rotation pre-approved by the SIG and compatible with away rotation rules at their home institution and The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACGME) / The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).



Fellow Requirements

 

1. Fellows must already be accepted into a regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine or pain medicine fellowship at the time of application. Fellows in both ACGME-accredited* and non-ACGME programs may apply. The fellowship is not currently open to residents.

2. Fellows must be current ASRA Pain Medicine members.

3. Fellows must complete an online application form and upload:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A one-page letter describing their interest in the fellowship rotation
  • A letter of permission to participate from their department chair and fellowship program director

4. Fellows must participate in a video interview (if asked).

5. Fellows must take part in preparatory readings about global outreach issues and complete a post-rotation writeup of their experience for publication on the Global Health SIG website within three months of returning.

6. Fellows must have a passport valid for at least six months of rotation end date, For rotations in Ghana, a Ghanaian visa must be obtained in advance of travel as well as a yellow fever vaccination card.

* Fellows in ACGME-accredited programs must submitted written approval from the American Board of Anesthesiology Credentials Committee at least two months in advance of the rotation, and participation must not prevent them from undertaking a minimum of ten months of training at their home institutions.

 


Application Process

 

1. Complete the online application form, which includes: 

  • Submitting a current CV
  • Submitting a one-page personal letter of motivation describing your interest in the ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Equity Fellowship Rotation
  • Submitting a letter of permission to participate from your department chair and fellowship program director.

2. Participate in a video interview (if asked).

 


Current Rotation Sites

 

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

Available to: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine or Pain Medicine Fellows

Location: Kumasi, Ghana in West Africa

KATH is a 1,200-bed tertiary hospital performing a large volume of extremity surgery. A majority of these patients have been injured, often in road traffic crashes. Administration of general anesthesia and opioids can be risky at KATH due to a lack of trained personnel, limited vital signs monitors, and oxygen supply failures. In this limited-resource setting, regional anesthesia can be an alternative means to keep patients safe and comfortable during the perioperative period. KATH has two ultrasound machines, a few nerve stimulators, local anesthetic medication, and various needles available to perform blocks.

ASRA Pain Medicine-affiliated institution: Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York

ASRA Pain Medicine-affiliated institution point person: Mark Brouillette, MD

KATH point person: Alfred Aidoo, MBChB

Mission and objectives:

  • To teach and measure the impact of regional anesthesia training as part of the KATH-Hospital for Special Surgery Global Regional Anesthesia Curricular Engagement (GRACE) Program.
  • GRACE is an ongoing educational initiative tailored to local specifications designed to teach peripheral nerve blocks to resident and attending anesthesiologists.
  • Visiting fellows will have the opportunity to teach providers via didactic lectures, simulation instruction using gel block mannequins/ultrasound volunteers, and hands-on training during patient care.
  • Opportunities to participate in collaborative research are also available.
  • Of note, visiting fellows and attendings do not assume direct responsibility for patient care.

Schedule: Usually one two- to three-week trip per academic year. Trips are usually during the winter and summer seasons.

Travel requirements: Passport valid for at least six months of rotation end date, Ghanaian visa obtained in advance of travel and yellow fever vaccination card.

 

Osmania General Hospital

Available to: Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellows

Location: Hyderabad, India. 

ASRA Pain Medicine-affiliated institution: Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, New York

ASRA Pain Medicine-affiliated institution point person: Swetha Pakala, MD

Osmania General Hospital point person: Kausalya Chakravarty

Mission and objectives:

  • To teach and measure the impact of regional anesthesia training as part of the Osmania General Hospital-Hospital for Special Surgery Global Regional Anesthesia Curricular Engagement (GRACE) Program.
  • GRACE is an ongoing educational initiative tailored to local specifications designed to teach peripheral nerve blocks to resident and attending anesthesiologists.
  • Visiting fellows will have the opportunity to teach providers via didactic lectures, simulation instruction using gel block mannequins/ultrasound volunteers and hands-on training during patient care.
  • Opportunities to participate in collaborative research are also available.
  • Of note, visiting fellows and attendings do not assume direct responsibility for patient care.

Schedule: More details to come

Travel requirements: More details to come

 


For Sites Interested in Participating

 

Click here to read more about becoming a rotation site.

New sites for the ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Equity Fellowship Rotation can be vetted and approved by contacting us at GlobalHealth@asra.com.

 


Reflections from Past Fellows

Niyant Jain, MD - 2022 ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Equity Fellow

Janet Uchi Jira, MD - 2020 ASRA Pain Medicine Global Health Equity Fellow


 

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