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International Impacts in Anesthesia Education

The Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University is committed to fostering and supporting international education partnerships with other departments of anesthesia. By building capacity through collaborations in education, research, and clinical service, we work towards the goal of sage and compassionate quality anesthesia care for all people.


Dr. Kintu and Dr. Ttendo






Faculty Members in Guayana


















Dr. Ho and Dr. Wong with 2015 Shanghai Delegates






Dr. Alez Dauphin

Uganda Affiliation

Since 2000, we have established a flourishing resident exchange program with Makerere University and Mbarara University in Uganda. Dr. Stephen Ttendo, a former beneficiary of this training program and present Chief of the Department of Anesthesia at Mbarara University holds an affiliate assistant professor status with the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University. More recently, we supported Dr. Andrew Kintu, a graduate from Makerere University's anesthesia residency program, for a year-long obstetric fellowship. Ugandan residents are supported by our department for a four-month training period in their senior years so that they can be exposed to a wide scope of anesthesia practice. On a yearly basis, we also support one or two McMaster anesthesia residents for a one-month elective in Uganda where they are exposed to an adapted high-training level in a low-resources environment.


Guyana Affiliation

The McMaster University Department of Anesthesia has recently formed a collaborative relationship with the Institute of Health Science Education (IHSE) at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Georgetown, Guyana to assist in the development of their specialist anesthesia residency training program.

The McMaster Department of Anesthesia, has partnered with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF), the Northern Ontario School of Medicine  and the American Society of Anesthesia Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO)  to send clinical teachers to Guyana to assist them academic and clinical teaching as well as faculty development. Dr Joel Hamstra is the Lead for the McMaster-Guyana residency training program and as a CASIEF Board member, is the CASIEF lead for Guyana.

Our collaboration has resulted in the following:

  • Assistance in curriculum development have resulted in the extension of their pre-existing 2 year diploma curriculum to 4 year residency training program
  • A videoconferencing link has been established between our MUMC site and Guyana, allowing some live feed during our academic sessions. There is already a precedent for this in our Family Medicine-Anesthesia Program.
  • We have residents from Guyana come to Hamilton to complete some of their clinical training rotations in their second year (much like the residents we have had from Haiti and Uganda). Thus far, 3 residents from Guyana have successfully completed their 4 month training  at McMaster University
  • McMaster Dept of Anesthesia faculty have acted as external examiners for the last three years (Drs. Alez Dauphin, Hamstra and Reddy))
  • The Department of Anesthesia is currently recruiting Anesthesia faculty from McMaster to go Guyana to provide both clinical and academic teaching.
  • For more information on how you can help, please contact Dr. Joel Hamstra at jmhamstra@gmail.com



Shanghai Affiliation

Our department has provided a highly-rated, five-day workshop program for around 25 visiting delegates from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine with the topic "Approaches to Medical Education: Focus on Problem-Based Learning" annually since 2011. The program draws expert instructors from the Department of Anesthesia, and, more recently, from the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, and covers the broad spectrum of PBL at McMaster University, professional competencies, and evidence-based medicine.

The educational program was initiated as a collaboration between the Department of Anesthesia and the Office of International Affairs at McMaster University. Seminars on problem-based learning and other approaches to medical education at McMaster University, as well as evidence-based medicine and simulation-based learning, are covered. It is a unique and fascinating opportunity to share and exchange ideas of medical education practices in Canada and China.


Haiti Affiliation

Under the leadership of Dr. Alezandre Dauphin, McMaster University has collaborated with the University of Haiti and the Ministry of Health in Haiti to assist in clinical education programs. Since 1996, we have supported three to six-month residency training of Haitian anesthesia residents.

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