Background: Anesthesia leaders at Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals are establishing a Global Anesthesia Certificate Program. The program seeks to satisfy the growing interest among anesthesia trainees to gain skills in providing and expanding care in under-resourced settings and aims to improve anesthesia safety and access in low and middle income countries. The program will benefit from the breadth of global health knowledge and expertise available at HMS.

Mission: The mission of the Harvard Global Anesthesia Certificate Program is to support and develop anesthesia trainees and faculty committed to increasing and improving anesthesia access and safety in under-resourced settings. From short-term mission team members to future leaders in the field, participants will utilize the exceptional academic resources of the Harvard-affiliated departments of anesthesiology and Harvard Medical School to hone the cognitive and technical skills necessary for sustainable impact in underserved populations around the world.

Program Objectives:

  • To acquaint trainees with the challenges of practicing in austere global environments and expanding access to safe anesthesia in a sustainable manner.
  • To connect trainees with local and international mentors in global health and improve collaboration between Harvard-affiliated hospitals and overseas partners.
  • To expand the contribution of trainees to scholarship in global health.
  • To educate participants in cultural competency and ensure a safe and productive training experience.

Program Structure: To create a comprehensive educational experience, certificates will be presented to trainees who participate in three components of the educational curriculum:

  •  Global Anesthesia Outreach Workshop – a one-day course designed to provide basic preparation for anesthesia trainees planning an overseas service or education trip.
  • Global Anesthesia Project – participants will be expected to coordinate and complete a project in global health. Examples include: an international elective, development of a training module, collection of data and analysis, etc.
  • Continuing Education and Mentorship – throughout the course of the year on-going journal clubs, speakers, and report- back sessions relevant to global anesthesia will provide ample opportunities for participants to deepen their knowledge. In addition, participants will be paired with a mentor to track learning goals.

Other Key Components of the Curriculum:

  • Faculty involvement: faculty from each of the Harvard institutions with extensive involvement at international sites have been identified and will be contributing to the resident experience.
  • Overseas partners: international academic partnerships are already in place with contacts in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam, Kenya and others.
  • Interaction with other departments: existing programs for global health and emergency medicine, surgery, obstetrics, and internal medicine provide opportunities for collaboration and overlap.

Who Can Participate: Participation is open to current anesthesia residents in good standing with expressed interest in anesthesia and global health.