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Kovac International Observership Award

Kovac International Fund

Through Dr. Kovac's tireless efforts of connecting people and supporting exchange through the Kovac Fund, we have seen tremendous activity and a growth in our collaborations in Global Health. During Dr. Kovac's time in Ghana and Peru, he forged agreements, met with administrators and faculty to build the platform for our KUMC community to engage. Also during his time in Ghana and Peru, he taught courses at Instituto Nacional de Enfermades Neoplasticas (INEN), National Peru Cancer Hospital, Lima, Peru at Kompfo Anoche Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana. The list below represents the exchange that was facilitated and financially supported by Dr. Kovac through the Kovac Fund.

Not only are the number of educational exchanges staggering, but the number of individuals who are impacted by the exchanges at KUMC, INEN and KATH, are staggering...the amount of cultural exposure, mutualism, inclusion and promotion of differences is beyond measurement.

This fund shall be used to provide awards for qualified individuals participating in international cross cultural educational exchanges facilitated by the Office of International Programs (OIP) at the Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC). The award is not to be used for the purpose of international medical missions, but for international medical observership, education and research. In the following order, preferences will be given to anesthesiologist residents and/or doctors from Peru and Ghana, anesthesiology residents from KUMC, nurse anesthesia students from KUMC, respiratory care education students from KUMC going to Ghana or KUMC medical students. Recipients will be awarded varying amounts depending on the financial situation of the individual recipient (employed at KUMC versus student paying tuition) and the availability of funds. Recipients shall be selected from the criteria established in the OIP.

The Kovac International Observership Award allows qualified individuals to particpiate in a cross cultural and educational exchange. Preferences are given to Anesthesiologist Residents from Peru, Anesthesiologists from KUMC, Nurse Anesthetists, Residents, or Medical Students. The award fully supports a two-week exchange at the University of Kansas Medical Center's Department of Anesthesiology.

Agreements established and signed with:

• Instituto Nacional de Enfermades Neoplasticas (INEN), Lima, Peru
• Instituto Nacional de Salud del Ninos San Borja (INSNSB), Lima, Peru
• Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana
• Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal, Lima, Peru

Agreements in progress:

• Peru National Cardiovascular Institute (INCOR), Lima, Peru

2015

• September

o Dr. Anthony Kovac to INEN, Peru, taught, "A Difficult Airway Course: Fiberoptic and Videolaryngoscopic Intubation"

2016

• July

o Dr. Dalia Cantuarias, from INEN, Peru, at KUMC for Kovac International Observership Program, presented to KUMC community on anesthesiology practices in Peru.

• November

o Dr. Anthony Kovac to INEN, Peru, taught, "A Difficult Airway Course: Fiberoptic and Videolaryngoscopic Intubation"

o Student IEE's to INEN, Peru

 Sam Morales, CRNA student

2017

• February

o Dr. Anthony Kovac to KATH, Ghana, taught Basic Airway Evaluation and Management with Endotracheal Intubation Workshop "Kompfo Anoche Teaching Hospital (KATH), Kumasi, Ghana

• February Student IEE's to Ghana

o Sterling Braun, M4 KC

• April

o Dr. Anthony Kovac to INEN, Peru

o Student IEE's to INEN, Peru

Narda Lyons, CRNA student

• August

o Dr. Luis Orbegoso, from INEN, Peru, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program
o Dr. Obiageli Ofungwu, from KATH, Ghana, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program

 Both presented to KUMC community and on anesthesiology practices in Peru and Ghana

• September

o Dr. Richard Korentager, KUMC Chair, Plastic Surgery, to INSNSB, Peru

• October

o Resident to Ghana for IEE

 Dr. Bryce Homgren, anesthesiology department

• November

o Resident to Ghana for IEE

 Dr. Hana Reissner, OBGYN department

2018

• February -- Special Program at KUMC: Ghanaian Emergency Medicine at KUMC, KC, KS, and JCCC (sponsored by KUMC and supported by the Kovac Fund)

o Dr. Ahmed Zakariah, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, CEO Ghana Ambulance Service
o Dr. Maxwell Osei-Ampofo, Deputy Coordinator, Ashanti Region, National Ambulance Service, Emergency Physician
o Dr. Alfred Aidoo, Resident Physician in Anesthesiology

 Guests presented to the KUMC community on the History of EMS in Ghana

• February Student IEE's to Ghana

o Addia DeAllie, M4 Wichita

• May

o Dr. Kovac to INEN, Peru

• June

o Dr. Karen Schell, KUMC faculty Respiratory Care, to KATH, Ghana

• August

o Dr. Jose Medina, from INEN, Peru, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program
o Dr. Anastasia Abena Ohene, from KATH, Ghana, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program
o Dr. Karina Vega Caldas, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology at KUMC for International Observership
o Dr. Darberth Carbajal Benites, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology at KUMC for International Observership

 All presented to the KUMC community on anesthesiology practices in their countries

• September

o Dr. Kovac to KATH, Ghana
o Dr. Paul Bennetts, KUMC Nurse Anethesia Faculty to KATH, Ghana

• September Student IEE's to Ghana

o Phillip Kwetey, CRNA student
o Rebekah Wiebelhaus, CRNA student

• September

o Dr. Anthony Kovac to INEN, Peru

• October

o Dr. Anthony Kovac, to KATH, Ghana

2019

• February

o Dr. Kovac, to INEN and INSNSB, Peru to facilitate student IEE's

 Meetings with

• Instituto Nacional Materno Perinatal, Lima, Peru
• Peru National Cardiovascular Institute (INCOR), Lima, Peru

o Dr. Jennifer Hansen, KUMC Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology to INEN and INSNSB, Peru

• February Student IEE's Ghana

o Audrey Coventry, M4
o Mollyanne Brunkow (Gibson), M4

• February Student IEE's in Peru

o Canaan Coker, M4 KC
o Jerrica Werner, M4 KC
o Kayla McClanahan, CRNA student

• March

o Dr. Akwasi Anti-Kusi, chair Anesthesiology, KATH, Ghana to KUMC

 Presented to KUMC community, "Challenges of Anesthesia Practice in a Low Resource Area."

o Dr. Anthony Kovac and Dr. Marty DeRuyder, KUMC professor, to Peru for the National Peru Anesthesiology Resident Meeting "III Congreso Naciaonal de Residentes de Anestesiolgia"

• April Student IEE's to Peru

o Tess Hoerle, M4 KC
o Sarah Moore, M4 KC

Summer 2019 Respiratory Care Group to KATH

• July

o Dr. Diana Pachenco Briceno, from INEN, Peru, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program
o Dr. Irene Bandoh, from KATH, Ghana, at KUMC for the Kovac International Observership Program
o Dr. Lidia Rosario Matos Camayo, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology at KUMC for International Observership
o Dr. Jonathan Grover Perez Hurtado, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology at KUMC for International Observership

• September

o Paramedic training for Ghana Ambulance Service

 Dr. Dennis Allen, KUMC, department of Emergency Medicine
 Dr. Anthony Kovac
 Dr. Paul Bennetts, KUMC faculty CRNA program
Halie Owen and Lindsey Bagby, respiratory care students
 Hilary Sheridan, anesthesiology resident

2020

• January

o Dr Urquizo visit to KUMC

• February

o Samantha Sanders, CRNA student

Observership Recipients

2016
Dr. Delia Cantuarias, from INEN, Lima, Peru.

Delia Cantuarias MD

2017
Dr. Luis Orbegoso, from INEN, Lima, Peru.
Dr. Obiageli Ofungwu, from KATH, Accra, Ghana. 

Anthony Kovac Obiageli Ofungwu and Luis Orbegoso

2018
Dr. Jose Medina, from INEN, Lima, Peru
Dr. Anastasia Abena Ohene, from KATH, Accra, Ghana, 
Dr. Karina Vega Caldas, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology, Lima, Peru
Dr. Darberth Carbajal Benites, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology, Lima, Peru 

Darberth Carbajal Benites, Karina Vega Caldas, Jose Medina; Anastasia Abena Ohene

2019
Dr. Diana Pachenco Briceno, from INEN, Lima, Peru
Dr. Irene Bandoh, from KATH, Accra, Ghana 
Dr. Lidia Rosario Matos Camayo, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology, Lima, Peru
Dr. Jonathan Grover Perez Hurtado, from Peru Society of Anesthesiology, Lima, Peru 
Elizabet Pena, BN, from INEN, Lima, Peru

Elizabet Pena, Jonathan Perez Hurtado, Diana Pachenco Briceno, Lidia Matos Camayo, Irene Bandoh

Matos Camayo, Lidia Rosario

Ofungwu, Obiageli

Delia Cantuarias

Anastasia Ohene

Last modified: Sep 18, 2020
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