In 2015 the HGAI developed a Global Anesthesia Workshop, a half-day event for anesthesia trainees, anesthetists and faculty with hands-on demonstrations, discussions and didactics related to practicing anesthesia in overseas, resource-limited settings.

Learning Objectives and Content for Workshop Sessions

1) Global Anesthesia Opportunities: How do I choose?
Presenter: Faye M. Evans MD – Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine,
Boston Children’s Hospital
– Discuss motivations for volunteering in the low resource setting
– Identify various types of global anesthesia opportunities
– Develop an approach to choosing the right volunteer opportunity

2) Tips on Teaching in Low Resource Countries
Presenters: Lena Dohlman, MD MPH, Sunder Neelakantan, MD – Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Goal: Teaching medicine in resource constrained countries can be a challenge for US trained physicians due to cultural and language differences and unfamiliar drugs, equipment and diseases. This open discussion talk will attempt to improve the comfort level and effectiveness of volunteers teaching overseas.
– Identify some of the cultural, language and resource differences that can affect teaching abroad
– Review basic concepts of how to make a learning needs assessment and teaching plan in low resource countries
– Identify some teaching methods and techniques which might be useful overseas- including “lessons learned” and what to avoid.

3) Keeping your Altruistic Zeal in Check: Safety First
Presenter: Richard Gillerman MD, PhD – Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University
– Develop an understanding of unique safety concerns present on overseas surgical care trips
– Identify specific procedures and policies likely to enhance safety and improve quality during overseas surgical care trips

4) Drugs and Equipment Overseas…Especially the Glostavent
Presenters: Stewart Chritton, MD – Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Julie Vuong, MD – Department of Anesthesiology, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State School of Medicine
– Learn aspects of anesthesia overseas including safety, equipment, and drugs
– Become oriented to components of a full-size Glostavent anesthesia machine
– Gain hands-on experience with a portable Glostavent anesthesia machine

5) Clinical Practice in an Unfamiliar Setting II: Implications of Endemic Disease on Your Practice
Presenter: Paul Firth, MBChB – Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

6) Problem-Based Learning and Discussion
a) Medical Ethics and Adaptation to a New Culture – Emily Nelson, MD
– Understand how availability of hospital and nationwide resources impacts clinical decision making.
– Understand how local views on end of life care impact clinical decision making by physicians.
– Understand how local views on health care impact a family member’s response to their loved one’s illness.
– Recognize that limited health care resources put practitioners in situations in which they feel ethically compromised.

b) Difficult Decision-making in Pediatric Anesthesia – Matt Kynes, MD and Craig McClain, MD

7) Stress and Coping in Global Health
Presenter: Stephanie Smith, MD – Department of Medical Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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