Opportunities for Global Health

This page provides contact information for various global health opportunities for resident involvement. While there are a few Yale-specific opportunities, most are provided by international organizations that focus on providing clinical care and education in the developing world. Each organization has confirmed that they encourage and support resident and fellow involvement. If you are interested in volunteering your time we recommend contacting any of the organizations found below.

Changing Children’s Lives

Changing Children’s Lives is a non-profit organization based in New Haven, dedicated to providing specialized reconstructive surgery for congenital and acquired deformities in children all over the world. Procedures range from burn contracture releases to cleft lip and palate repairs.

Contact: Mark Weinstein, M.D.
Website: Changing Children’s Lives  

Past participants:
Adriana Herrera, M.D.
Balazs Horvath, M.D.
Robert Stout, M.D.
Suzana Zorca, M.D. ‘13

Hand Help

Hand Help is dedicated to providing comprehensive hand surgery to children in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Contact: Grant Thomson, M.D.
Website: http://www.handhelp.org/
Past participants:
Robert Stout, M.D.
Irena Vaitkeviciute, M.D.
Tori Myslajek, M.D.
Jammie Ferrara, M.D. ‘12
Nehal Gatha, M.D. ‘11
Kristin Richards, M.D. ‘12

Cardiostart International

Contact: Janine Henson
Phone: 813.304.2163/503.926.4232
Website: http://cardiostart.org/
Surgical Focus: Cardiac
Cost: $40 registration + airfare
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: senior residents/fellows only

Christian Medical and Dental Association- Global Health Outreach

Contact: Alicia Trivett
Phone: 423.844.1037/423.366.6965
Website: http://www.cmda.org/
Surgical Focus: ENT, OB-Gyn, Orthopedics, General Surgery
Cost: $1500 + airfare
Scholarships: available
Requirements: any level resident/fellow

Cure International

Contact: Heather Hunter
Phone: 717.724.4002
Website: http://cure.org/
Surgical Focus: Neurosurgery, Orthopedics
Cost: $1000 for in country expense + airfare
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: any level resident/fellow

Faith in Practice

Contact: Claire Wisdom
Phone: 713.484.5555
Website: http://www.faithinpractice.org/
Surgical Focus: General surgery, ENT, Plastics, OB/gyn, Orthopedics
Cost: $110 application fee (refundable) + $800 for in-country costs + airfare
Scholarships: available upon acceptance
Requirements: any level resident/fellow

Helping Hands Medical Missions

Contact: Gloria Madrigal
Phone: 972.253.1800
Website: http://www.hhmm.org/hhmm_about.php
Surgical Focus: general surgery, OB/Gyn, Hand reconstruction.
Cost: airfare + mission fee (typically $600-750)
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: any level resident/fellow

Lumiere Medical Ministries

Contact: Marie Monroe
Phone: 704.823.0271
Website: http://www.lumiereministries.com/index.html
Surgical Focus: General surgery, Urology, Orthopedics
Cost: $750 + airfare
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: any level resident/fellow

Operation Smile

Contact: Sarah Kirsch
Phone: 757.321.7766
Website: http://www.operationsmile.org/
Surgical Focus: Plastics (Cleft care)
Scholarships: Reagan Fellowship (please see website)
Requirement: senior level residents/fellows only
Past Participants:
Dorothy Gaal, M.D.
Tiffany Denepitya-Balicki ‘12


Contact: Evelyn Abad
Phone: 160.415.252.1111 x101
Website: http://www.rotaplast.org/
Surgical Focus: Plastics (Cleft Care)
Cost: $350+ airfare
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: senior residents/fellows only

Surgical Volunteers International

Contact: Tom Flood
Phone: 832.434.1593
Website: http://www.surgicalvolunteers.org/
Surgical Focus: Burn care, Urology, Cleft lip/palate
Cost: airfare only
Scholarships: n/a
Requirements: senior residents/fellows only

SEA-HVO Traveling Fellowship

The Society for Education in Anesthesia offers a unique teaching opportunity for senior anesthesia residents. Residents can apply for the Health Volunteers Overseas traveling fellowship which consists of 3-4 weeks where they rotate at a pre-approved HVO site and work as anesthesia educators. This rotation is formally recognized by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the participant is granted “credit” towards their residency requirements for their participation.

Contact: Jo Davies, M.D. and Viji Kurup, M.D.
Email them at Info@HVOUSA.org with “SEA-HVO” in subject line
Website: http://www.seahq.net/
Scholarship: airfare + stipend provided for accepted participants
Requirements: senior residents only

For ongoing educational activities in conjunction with various Anesthesiology departments and medical schools, please contact:

  • Dr. Nalini Vadivelu
  • Dr. Qing Bing Zhu

Past Participants:

Samrawith Goshu ’16

Did you Know?

  • There is currently 1 anesthesiologist per 1.5 million people in Uganda (total population 31.7 million).
  • There is currently 1 anesthesiologist per 7,268 people in the United States (total population 307 million).

Helpful Resources

Take a look at Global Health resources through the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Check out Global Health Happenings at the Yale School of Medicine.

Need some inspiration? Visit Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute.

Global health on the brain? Attend a lecture through the Yale Global Health Seminar

Do ethical issues arise with short-term medical mission trips? Participate in the Johns Hopkins Online Course!
Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training