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Urogynecology Global Health Initiative (UGHI) Dominican Republic Nov 16-24, 2019

December 12, 2019

Urogynecology Global Health Initiative (UGHI) Dominican Republic Nov 16-24, 2019

Dr Viji Kurup and Dr Nousheh Saidi were part of the anesthesia team who participated in an educational and service based collaboration between Yale New Haven Hospital Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Hospital Docente Universitario Maternidad Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They took care of patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and benign gynecologic conditions in women, encompassing issues such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fibroids, and abnormal uterine bleeding. This is the third year of this successful initiative.

UGHI activities included:

 Educational workshops and modules with local residents and attendings. An airway workshop was conducted for local anesthesia faculty and residents

 Evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of women of lower socio-economic status in urban and rural settings

 Surgeries for appropriate candidates including removal of uterus, repair of prolapse, and treatment of stress urinary incontinence

The US team members include:

 Dr. Oz Harmanli and Dr. Ami Acharya: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery attendings at Yale

 Dr. Anna Pancheshnikov, PGY4 OBGYN resident and UGHI founder

 Dr. Hillary Hosier and Dr. Feven Getaneh, PGY3 OBGYN residents at Yale

 Dr. Viji Kurup and Dr. Nousheh Saidi: Anesthesia attendings at Yale and the VA

 Lourdes Yambao: RN circulator and scrub nurse at Yale

 Luis Grajeda, Certified surgical technologist at Yale

 Cherrylin Richmond: Urogynecology Women's Health NP at Yale

 Maria Limanovich: Charge nurse oncology

 Dr. Keila Muniz: Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellow, Johns Hopkins

 Simone Sasse: 4th year medical student Harvard Medical School

 Christopher Reynolds: 1ST year medical student University of Michigan

Submitted by Garrett Sendlewski on December 13, 2019