Our friends at IVUmed are seeking actively a practicing urologist to provide education and mentoring for their Traveling Resident Scholarship Program in Hue, Vietnam, from April 2-18, 2010. This program sends a mentor paired with a urology resident from the United States to a host country to collaborate with local physicians. Experienced locum tenens physicians make great mentors, so we encourage you to volunteer if the opportunity fits your schedule.
Through IVUmed programs, physicians from the United States provide training in the techniques they use at home, while receiving training from their hosts in the techniques used in settings with limited resources. The physicians from the United States gain beneficial surgical experiences and insights into a different medical care system, while their hosts receive valuable training in techniques requiring newer technology. Procedures performed include open stone surgery, benign prostate surgery, hypospadias repair, and incontinence procedures.
This workshop will take place at Hue Central Hospital in Hue, located in central Vietnam. The hospital is the primary referral facility for central Vietnam, and serves tens of thousands of patients every year. The majority of the patients are indigent and are treated with standard open surgery, as high tech surgery is only available for those few patients who can afford it.
A typical day of work will consist of morning rounds, surgery, with teaching conferences at mid-day. As a volunteer your primary responsibilities would be to provide education to the local physicians and to mentor the residents at the workshop from the United States. Volunteers with academic backgrounds can present PowerPoint presentations. Community urologists will present more informal topics of their practical experience such as their approach to impotence, infertility, and the management of other clinical problems. IVUmed will collate a list of topics prior to the program to present to the hosts for their approval.
In 1997, IVUmed in partnership with The Friendship Bridge began to send American urology residents with American mentors to the Binh Dan Surgical Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. With the consultation of their colleagues in Vietnam, they began moving American urology teams to smaller residency programs, and in April 2008, a combined team of staff urologists from Binh Dan Surgical Hospital and the American team worked at Hue Central Hospital.
IVUmed is also seeking a urologist for similar volunteer opportunities in Uganda in February and March of 2010.
For more information please contact:
Direct Line: 801-524-0201