Global Health Initiative Clinical Elective

The Department of Anesthesiology is dedicated to advancing the practice of regional anesthesia among the global community. The Global Health Initiative, led by Swetha Pakala, MD, provides regional anesthesia training to medical providers in several developing countries.

The Global Health Initiative focuses on medical education and training, with an emphasis on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. This model of education seeks to provide sustainable growth within local communities so that the standard of anesthetic care is improved in a long-lasting way.

Currently, the Global Health Initiative partners with anesthesia providers in several countries, including:

  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Entebbe, Uganda
  • Amritsar, India

In 2014, the Global Health Initiative launched an academic activity track within the RA&APM Fellowship dedicated to international practice and education. This fellow will spend his or her clinical elective time focuses on providing regional anesthesia education to our partner hospitals in several countries.

Incoming fellows, once confirmed, will have the opportunity to apply for the global outreach academic track a few months before their academic year.


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