Did you ever wonder what the Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO) does? We have many ongoing projects and activities – here are some of them!
Although COVID-19 has forced all of us to re-evaluate our educational programs and our interactions with others, we are slowly restarting our outreach and educational efforts. We are pleased to report that in March 2022, three of our Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship (RIAS) recipients for 2021-2022 were able to travel. As of the writing of this report, Mi Mi Kim, MD, MPH, is in Botswana working with Edward C. Clune, MD; Stephen Ellwood, MD, is in Kenya working with GHO member Matt Kynes, MD, and the newly started anesthesiology residency at AIC Kijabe Hospital and Cure International; and Ben Abney, MD, MBA, is in Mbale, Uganda with GHO member Dr. Colby Simmons (former 2016-2017 RIAS recipient). Look for updates about their work later this year! (ASA Monitor 2021;85:1-7; asamonitor.pub/3ue9T2k; ASA Monitor 2017;81:54-6).
With over 35 applications for the 2022-2023 RIAS program, we know how much interest there is among our trainees for these experiences. The goal of this program is to immerse our residents in an anesthesia educational program in a low-resource setting so they can understand what it's like to be a patient and an anesthesiologist in these settings and to participate in the educational programs run by our partners. We are pleased to announce the 2022-2023 winners. For those who were not selected, keep your eyes open for other programs and activities!
GHO members Mark Singleton, MD, and Elizabeth Drum, MD, FAAP, FCPP, FASA, and ASA staff Sarah Braun and Angelica Batha participated in a conference call with ASA President-Elect Michael Champeau, MD, FASA, ASA Assistant Secretary Kraig de Lanzac, MD, FASA, and Daniel Corsino, MD, FASA, Elfren Colon, MD, and Carlos Vidal, MD – all members of the Puerto Rico Society of Anesthesiologists. We discussed ways that ASA could assist with educational and other needs facing ASA members in Puerto Rico. Look for upcoming ways to be involved that we hope to put into place at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2022 in New Orleans!
The Global Scholars Program is one of the signature initiatives supported by the GHO and ASA Charitable Foundation (ASA Monitor 2020;84:50-1; ASA Monitor 2021;85:35). To date, 30 leaders in anesthesiology from around the world have attended the ANESTHESIOLOGY annual meeting and have participated in a variety of activities meant to support and sponsor them and to introduce them to the wealth of resources available from ASA. Past recipients have gone on to amazing leadership roles in their home countries. In partnership with the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, we also arrange observerships for these scholars and provide mentorship before, during, and after the ASA annual meeting. This year, over 50 scholars from around the world applied, and the recipients will be announced this summer.
Our work in conjunction with the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF) has resumed in Rwanda! Three ASA members are scheduled to travel to Rwanda this year. Once a full evaluation has been made of the current status and needs, applications will be open for ASA members to travel there to teach next year. Our work in Guyana is still virtual at this point, but hopefully that will change in the future. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website (asahq.org/charity/programs/overseastrainingprograms#guy-ana) as we may need volunteers for virtual teaching efforts.
Through our partnership with CASIEF, we are aware of needs for on-site volunteers in Addis Ababa. If you are interested in volunteering to work in Ethiopia for three to six months, there is a need for you! There is also a need for volunteers for virtual lectures; the request is for someone who has previously worked in a low-resource setting. Please contact Dr. Dylan Bould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the University of Botswana is actively looking for an Assistant Programme Director in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Botswana to run their MMed program. If you are interested, please see details here:
Nominations have been received for the 2022 Nicholas M. Greene Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution that will be presented at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2022 in New Orleans. Please look for educational offerings at the meeting that include GHO members! There were many applications to the GHO committee, and we can't accept everyone, but we are committed to exploring and promoting ways for ASA members to be involved in causes they find meaningful. Let us know if you have ideas!
Members of the GHO Committee have been hard at work looking at our committee's name and our mission and vision and hope to have updates to bring to the House of Delegates later this year. We are also working to encourage ASA members to volunteer for activities in their local communities.
“We are committed to exploring and promoting ways for ASA members to be involved in causes they find meaningful. Let us know if you have ideas!”
Finally, in collaboration with the ASA Charitable Foundation (asahq.org/charity/ukraine-support), we have partnered to raise awareness about the impact of war on Ukraine and its citizens. As of April 4, 2022, the Charitable Foundation has raised $86,695 from 283 donors and has awarded grants to Global Response Management and the International Committee of the Red Cross. This grave situation is a reminder to us all about how injustices everywhere impact the entire global community. The GHO Committee and Charitable Foundation wish to thank all those who donated through ASA and individually, and we ask that you all take a moment to think about ways that you can give back to our world – both locally and globally.
Disclosure: Dr. Drum is a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a board member of ASA's Charitable Foundation, and a council member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.