General Surgery Residency Program Offers Rotation Abroad

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Julia Shelton, in Kenya, while participating in an international residency.

Vanderbilt’s General Surgery Residency Program, the first program authorized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, now offers residents the option of a four week elective rotation at Kijabe hospital, located in a rural community in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Although Kenya’s population exceeds the population of California, it has only 300 surgeons, thus providing a vital service to this rural community in addition to training VUMC residents. The program, directed by Erik Hansen, M.D., teaches surgical residents how to provide quality surgical care in low-income, resource-limited communities. At Kijabe, residents are supervised by Vanderbilt faculty member Peter Nthumba, M.D., a plastic surgeon. For Nthumba, having Vanderbilt residents helps alleviate both immediate and longterm needs: residents assist with existing patient care and increase the hospital’s capacity to teach Kenyan medical students.


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