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The University of Cincinnati Global Surgery Program offers a 2-week elective Plastic and Burn Surgery Rotation at Mzuzu Central Hospital in Malawi, Africa.
Mzuzu Central Hospital is the Central Hospital and referral center in the Northern region of Malawi serving a catchment area of approximately 2.5 million people. We currently have a General Surgery full-time faculty member on the ground for 12 months of the year, along with a rotating senior general surgery resident.
During the 2-week plastic surgery rotation, the resident travels to Malawi with one of the plastic surgery faculty, and has the opportunity to participate in acute and reconstruction burn operations, as well as other complex reconstructive surgeries. Because there are not any plastic surgeons in the northern region of Malawi, the opportunity for unique operative experiences is vast. We also teach Malawian practitioners who are doing 2-year apprenticeships in surgery during our 2-week stay, with lectures, bedside rounds and intra-operative experiences.
In addition to the clinical services provided, University of Cincinnati staff and residents actively participate in educational programs for the Malawian clinical officers and nursing students in every aspect of patient care.
The rotation allows our Plastic Surgery residents to evaluate, diagnose, and surgically treat both basic and complex surgical diseases in an austere environment, without the use of advanced technologies widely available in the United States. While working with our partners in Mzuzu Central Hospital, we learn to do surgery in a more efficient and adaptable way, also learning to treat tropical diseases not seen as often in the United States.
Through advocacy, service, education, we are able to support our friends who provide the best surgical care they are able to, under very difficult circumstances, with the knowledge that without them there would be no surgical service available at all.
Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa
Where there is no surgeon….
Elizabeth L. Dale, MD
Ann Schwentker, MD
Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand, and Burn Surgery Residency Director
University of CincinnatiCollege of Medicine231 Albert Sabin WayCincinnati, OH 45267-0558
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