The McMaster University Department of Anesthesia has recently formed a relationship with the Institute of Health Science Education (IHSE) at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Georgetown, Guyana. The McMaster University departments of Pediatrics and General Surgery have had longstanding relationships with the corresponding departments in Georgetown, and have been instrumental in establishing residency training programs in their respective specialties. The McMaster Department of Anesthesia, in collaboration with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF), the Global Health Outreach (GHO) arm of the ASA, as well as the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), is looking to do the same.
The anesthesia department in Guyana is looking for our help with residency education. We provide help in several ways.
First of all, a videoconferencing link has been established between our MUMC site and Guyana, hopefully allowing some live feed during our academic sessions. There is already a precedent for this in our Family Medicine-Anesthesia Program.
Secondly, it is the plan of the Department of Anesthesia to recruit Anesthesia faculty from McMaster to go Guyana to provide both clinical and didactic teaching.
Finally, there are plans to have residents from Guyana come to Hamilton to complete some of their clinical rotations in their second year (much like the residents he have had from Haiti and Uganda).
The McMaster-Guyana Anesthesia Partnership, consisting of Drs. Norm Buckley, Alez Dauphin, Joel Hamstra, and Anne Wong, looks forward to your support and assistance in making this exciting project successful.