The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital values the participation of staff and residents in international electives and missions. The department has a long history of “giving back” by supporting staff and residents to provide anesthesia in various countries and continents around the world on a regular basis. Our distinguished faculty member, Dr. Mercedes Concepcion, herself from the Dominican Republic and renowned in the field of anesthesiology, has been on the forefront of this commitment and has mentored many faculty and residents over the years how to successfully serve patients in resource poor environments.
For more information on overseas anesthesia opportunities, including trip reports from former residents, funding opportunities and literature, please visit www.globalanesthesia.org.
ABA and RRC requirements:
All residents returning from the international elective are required to complete the Resident Experience Form. Overall, residents learned how anesthesia is delivered overseas, oftentimes with limited resources and with high case acuity. Residents uniformly found their experiences to be immensely valuable.