Our goal, in collaboration with our Tanzanian colleagues, is to improve the education and skill set of the next generation of surgeons in East Africa. Ultimately, we aim to improve patients’ access to high quality surgical care to address a problem that kills more people than HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined—Surgical Disease.
Alliance surgical educators and residents volunteer at Muhimbili National Hospital [MNH], a 1500 bed National Referral Hospitalfor rotations of 2 weeks to one month duration. Alliance Volunteers join with their surgical colleagues and participate in all aspects of education and patient care including:
· daily ICU and ward rounds,
· surgical conferences,
· emergency night calls, and,
· frequent operating theatre instruction.
In addition to daily interactions, Alliance faculty have conducted two-day courses to ”train the trainers” on the following subjects:
· Trauma and Acute Care Surgery,
· Peri-operative Care,
· Surgical Intensive Care,
· Myocutaneous Flaps and
· Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.
The MUHAS/MNH surgeons are now teaching these courses to their colleagues and trainees. Additional courses are in development, including A Surgical Skills Training Lab to be held in late 2019