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Yale University School of Medicine

Visited Locations (2)

Countries: Honduras, Nicaragua

Months of Travel: March

Year Initiated: 2005

Total Yearly Outreach Participants: 20-25

Matriculants per class: 100

Medical School Involvement: M1, M2, M3, M4

Other participating professional schools:


Faculty and staffing:

Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatrician, hand therapist, and support staff all recruited from local, regional, and national medical community. Medical students recruited from Yale Medical School class. Other volunteers are encouraged to participate.

Application process:

e-mail to grant.thomson@yale.edu

Program elements:

We provide volunteer surgical expeditions to developing nations to perform hand surgery for people who otherwise may not be helped. Patients are screened for surgery, and then surgery is performed over 5 days. All equipment and supplies are brought to the host hospital. Quality assurance is performed through outcomes measures.

Financial support:

Major support is through Lowell General Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Other support is through team member donations and individual fundraising.

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Administrative support: