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Anesthesiology International Program
The Anesthesiology International Program (AIP) is patterned after the American Society of Anesthesiology Global Scholars Program whereby anesthesiologists from other countries come to the USA for a short period of time to observe and learn medical and anesthesia care.
Working in conjunction with the KU Medical Center Office of International Programs, the KU AIP is meant to be a bidirectional international sharing and exchange of global health education, research and culture.
Global Health Education Partnerships
The University of Kansas Medical Center, with the Office of International Programs, has established global health education partnerships with hospitals in Ghana and Peru. The goal of these partnerships is to establish and cultivate an exchange of residents, students, and staff to promote the interchange of research, education, and culture.
The cooperative agreement between KUMC and our international partners is a non-financial, 5-year, renewable agreement inclusive of all departments and schools of the university. Our partners include:
- Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana
- Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasticas (INEN)(National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases) in Lima, Peru
- Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño San Borja (INSNSB)(National Institute of Child Health) in Lima, Peru
Hunan Children's Hospital
In 2017 Dr. Grace Xu was invited to visit the Department of Anesthesiology of Hunan Children's Hospital in China to share her experience in pediatric anesthesia and provide a seminar in airway management.
Furnished with 1,800 beds and staffed with 1,800 employees, the Hospital has established 36 clinical departments and 9 medical labs. So far, the hospital has set up Hunan Provincial Pediatric Emergency Center, Hunan Provincial Treatment and Rehabilitation Center of Pediatric Cerebral Palsy, Hunan Provincial Center of Adolescent Medicine, Hunan Provincial Prevention and Control Center of Pediatric Optometry, Amblyopia and Strabismus. In 2005. the hospital successfully treated two of China's youngest patients with human avian influenza. In 2006, China's first extremely low birth weight infant of 500 g (a little over a pound) was discharged from the hospital. The hospital successfully performed surgery of conjoined twins respectively in 2009 and in 2012.
Every year, KUMC’s Department of Anesthesiology and Office of International Programs sponsors an exchange program for medical residents, students, and staff with partner institutions in Ghana and Peru. During these exchanges, participants take part in activities aimed towards advancing their medical training by taking part in cross-cultural experiences and building relationships at the host institution. Opportunities are also available to participate in research projects or training workshops.
Since the program’s establishment in 2016, KUMC participants travelling to Ghana and Peru have included anesthesia residents, medical students, nurse anesthesia students, and staff members from both anesthesiology and nurse anesthesia. Additionally, residents from both KATH in Ghana and INEN in Peru have travelled to KUMC as participants in this exchange.
Kovac International Education Support Fund
The Kovac International Education Support Fund was established to provide support for qualified individuals participating in international cross-cultural education exchanges. The areas supported include anesthesiology residents, KUMC students, and residents or doctors from non-English speaking countries. Preference is given to Ghana, Peru, and other Spanish speaking countries.
Kovac International Observership Award
The Kovac International Observership Award is awarded annually to two individuals per year, one each from our partnering institutions in Ghana and Peru. It supports housing and travel to KUMC, in which individuals will observe medical care provided within our hospital system. Participants will also gain exposure to multiple anesthesia subspecialties depending on the awardee’s interests. Participants are encouraged to participate in lectures, challenging case discussions, and research project development. At the end of the observership period, participants are expected to give a short presentation on life, education, and healthcare in their home country. The observership does not involve any direct patient care.
Sociedad Peruana de Anestesia, Analgesia y Reanimacion (SPAAR)(Peruvian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Reanimation) also sponsors two additional residents to participate in an observership program at KUMC, who are selected through a national resident competition.
Dr. Jennifer Hansen, KU medical student Canaan Coker, and KU nurse anesthetist student Kayla McClanahan, accompanied Dr. Anthony Kovac to Lima, Peru in February 2019 to participate in the "Kovac International Observership" program. While there, Dr. Hansen gave two Grand Rounds at the country's main children's hospitals: the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño San Borja, and the Instituto Nacional de Salud del Niño Breña. Kayla McClanahan gave a presentation to the Anesthesiology department at INSN San Borja as part of her senior project.
In addition to visiting the children's hospitals, the group spent time at the National Cancer Hospital in Lima, the "Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas", and learned about pediatric and adult oncology care in Peru.
Research and Education Projects
- A major goal of our global health education partnerships is to develop and foster ongoing relationships to build collaborative research and education efforts. A variety of projects have developed from participation in our international exchanges, including:
- Kovac AL, Cantuarias D, Urquizo J. Low Cost and Low Resource Materials and Methods to Teach Fiberoptic Intubation. ASA 2017, Johnson County Community College Simulation Meeting 2016, and Annual CUGH Global Health Conference 2019..
- Kovac AL, Antwi-Kusi A, Abena Ohene A. Difficult Airway Management in Ghana. ASA 2018.
- Kovac AL, Lyons N, Bennetts P, Nyght D, Urquizo J, Cantuarias D. Impact on Learning Anesthesia Concepts After Addition of Subtitles in Spanish and English Video-Recorded Lectures. ASA 2018.
- Wiebelhaus R, Kwetey P. Collaborative development of a Master's program in Nurse Anesthesia in Ghana. 2018 Capstone Project.
- Kovac AL, Martinez Morales S, Cantuarias D, Urquizo J, Nyght D, Bennetts P. Development and Assessment of Learning Non-Native Language Anesthesia Concepts Using Native Language Subtitles. ASA 2017.
- Brouillette MA, Aidoo AJ, Hondras MA, Boateng NA, Antwi-Kusi A, Addison W, Hermanson AR. Anesthesia Capacity in Ghana: A Teaching Hospital's Resources and the National Workforce and Education. Anesth Analg. 2017; 125(6): 2063-2071.
- Brouillette MA, Kaiser SP, Konadu P, Kumah-Ametepey RA, Aidoo AJ, Coughlin RC. Orthopedic Surgery in the Developing World: Workforce and Operative Volumes in Ghana Compared to those in the United States. World J Surg. 2014; 38(4): 849-857.
- Ghanaian Ambulance Service - observed Emergency Medicine Services and paramedic education at KUMC to develop anesthesia and emergency medicine training for paramedics in Ghana.
- Ghana Airway Project - included airway workshops and donations of an assortment of airway supplies, include laryngoscopes.
- Project ECHO video conference - partners in Ghana participated in a web-based KUMC conference on Interdisciplinary Pain Management along with other hospitals throughout Kansas.
Past participants in these exchange programs have included the following:
- Rebecca Wiebelhaus, CRNA - nurse anesthesia student (Kumasi, Ghana in 2018)
- Philip Kwetey, CRNA - nurse anesthesia student (Kumasi, Ghana in 2018)
- Cole Holmgren, MD - resident, Society for Education in Anesthesia Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship (Kumasi, Ghana in 2017)
- Narda Lyons, CRNA - nurse anesthesia student (Lima, Peru in 2017)
- Mark Brouillette, MD - resident, Society for Education in Anesthesia Health Volunteers Overseas Fellowship (Kumasi, Ghana in 2016)
- Alex Hermanson, MD - medical student (Kumasi, Ghana in 2016)
- Sam Martinez, CRNA - nurse anesthesia student (Lima, Peru in 2016)
KATH (Kumasi, Ghana)
- Anastasia Abene Ohene, MBChB (2018)
- Oby Ofungwu, MBChB (2017)
- Alfred Aidoo, MBChB (2016)
INEN/INSNSB (Lima, Peru)
- Jose Medina, MD (2018)
- Luis Orbegoso, MD (2017)
- Delia Cantuarias, MD (2016)