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Opportunities for Global Health

Yale Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

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.


Yale Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

The Yale Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences organizes an annual medical mission trip in collaboration with local colleagues at the Hospital de la Mujer Dominicana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. A multi-disciplinary group of Yale OB-GYN, Anesthesia and Internal Medicine attendings, residents, nurses, technicians and volunteers convenes annually with their local counterparts to provide a series of activities that include: patient workshops, provider and student-level education and training and GYN and GYU surgical procedures.

Past participants, November 2018:
Claudia Fernandez-Robles, M.D., Attending
Robert Chow, M.D., Attending
Anushri Desai, M.D., Fellow

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.
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