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We are pleased to announce the 9th Annual Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course which will be hosted at Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts from October 7-9, 2016.
In 2008, the Dalhousie Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine launched Global Outreach: Anesthesia in Challenging Environments, a training program that prepares anesthesiologists to work in developing countries or austere environments. The first of its kind in North America and one of only three offered worldwide.
The current course is an annual three-day course that prepares anesthesia providers to deliver anesthesia care in poorly resourced environments – the conditions under which 80% of the world’s anesthesia care is delivered. The course boasts a cadre of world-renowned experts in global health and anesthesia. Participants will have the opportunity to consider intellectual, technical, psychological, and ethical aspects of outreach anesthesia work in conditions that they are unlikely to have encountered in their training or daily practice.
The course includes personal insights from faculty experienced in these environments, as well as current topics in global health related issues. Practical sessions include equipment use and maintenance, hands on simulation, and use of unfamiliar anesthesia techniques. Participants will also attend sessions on tropical disease, cross-cultural adaptation, and travel preparation. There are ample opportunities for participants to engage with the expert faculty who have experience working in a broad variety of contexts. In addition the program will enable anesthesia providers to better transfer their knowledge and build capacity when working in the low resource setting.
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