As global health becomes more successful and fewer people are dying of malnutrition and communicable diseases, the burden of Global Surgery will create new challenges. Across the globe, 2 billion people lack access to emergency and surgical care. Most are in rural populations living in low and middle income countries. The lack of surgical care can lead to acute, life-threatening complications. Surgically treatable conditions – such as complications in childbirth, injuries, intra-abdominal injuries and symptomatic hernias – contribute to premature deaths or ill health in the poorest of the world’s population.
The MUSC Department of Surgery aims to foster the training and development of residents who are prepared to meet these challenges and opportunities of the modern era with an international rotation in Cameroon, West Africa. This one month International elective rotation is designed not only expose the residents to the diversity and intensity of surgical disease in the third world but also some of the active ways of meeting this need.
Our elective rotation is purposefully located in a teaching institution. Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) has a surgical residency program training African surgeons to work in their own countries. The opportunity to meet and work with these residents is invaluable to our US residents as they learn how they can make a difference in this rapidly changing and interconnected world.
The program exposes residents to complex surgical care in a different health system with limited resources. The residents gain exposure to diseases and treatment approaches not typically seen in the US, and learn how to carefully utilize scarce resources to provide effective surgical care. Additionally, the residents develop international professional relationships that will be useful in the future.
About Mbingo Baptist Hospital
Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) started in 1952 as a Leprosy Settlement and by 1965 it grew into a full hospital. Since 1965, it has developed Into one of the referral hospitals in Cameroon and the West African Sub-Regions. Currently, the hospital has over 400 trained staff and a bed capacity of 250.
Meet the First Cohort
Ashley Hink, M.D., and Rohan Kambeyanda, M.D. selected for the 2016 inaugural year.
Meet the Directors
Dr. Christian Streck, Program Director, MUSC General Surgery Resident Education, is responsible for the overall education and supervision for the International Medicine Surgery Rotation Elective.
Dr. James Brown, Chief of Surgery and Surgical Residency Program Director, Mbingo Baptist Hospital, Cameroon, works with and trains the residents during their international rotation.