SEA/HVO Traveling Fellowship
The SEA/HVO Traveling Fellowship offers third-year anesthesia residents an opportunity to teach anesthesia for a month in a developing country at one of several Health Volunteer Overseas (HVO) sites. HVO is a private non-profit organization which is dedicated to improving global health through education and training. HVO was started in 1986 and has 13 active program areas in addition to anesthesia and more than 85 clinical education programs in 25 developing countries. More information can be found at www.hvousa.org.
In 2001, HVO and SEA began a partnership to sponsor a fellowship aimed at encouraging anesthesiologists to develop interests in both teaching and volunteer service early in their career. The Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) is a non-profit organization for anesthesiologists interested in advancing anesthesia education. More information can be found at www.seahq.org.
Senior residents must be recommended by their program director or department chair in order to apply and acceptance into the program is competitive. The number of accepted applicants depends on the number of available scholarship donations each year. Most scholarships come from private donations and one scholarship is funded by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). Available HVO volunteer sites vary but have included countries in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.
The SEA/HVO Traveling Fellowship gives residents the opportunity to gain knowledge, and to grow professionally in areas that may be difficult to teach in more traditional rotations while working to alleviate the global anesthesia provider crisis.
The Fellowship seeks especially to:
- Strengthen communication and teaching skills in the resident.
- Encourage sensitivity to cultural differences.
- Raise awareness and improve management of limited resources.
- Broaden exposure to surgical pathologies not yet common to the United States but becoming more so due to globalization.
- Learn to be flexible and creative in clinical and technical problem solving.
- Provide a unique and enriching experience to residents who will contribute as teachers, role models, and medical "diplomats" to anesthesia students in a developing country.
Application information becomes available on the Health Volunteers Overseas and Society for Education in Anesthesia websites December 1 for the following year. Applications must be submitted electronically and the deadline is mid-February.
Photo (top): Dr. Lena Dohlman with students and colleagues, Hospital for Traumatology and Orthopedics, Vietnam
Photo (bottom): Dr. Olof Viktorsdottir, resident winner of the SEA HVO Traveling Fellowship for 2010/2011, in Bedford Hospital, Mthatha, South Africa