Members of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Anesthesiology have had a long-standing interest in caring for the underserved, both at home and abroad. The department has sponsored numerous service and visiting educator trips, many coordinated with UW School of Medicine and Public Health surgical colleagues, to locations throughout the world. These trips have often included junior faculty, residents, students and staff. Historically, these endeavors were individually initiated and the funding for this important work was ad hoc.
With more than 25 years committed to addressing the Global Anesthesia Crisis, Dr. Kelly McQueen brings a new focus within the Department of Anesthesiology. A new global fund has been established to support education and training, service and research overseas.
As part of our commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and global outreach, the Department of Anesthesiology recently created the Global Anesthesia Program and established a new fund to support overseas service, education, and research. Dr. Deborah Rusy will serve as its inaugural director.
The global program will build on initiatives over the years that have offered short-term service opportunities and visiting educator programs for faculty and residents around the world. Often coordinated with our surgical colleagues, these opportunities have had a positive impact on our junior faculty, residents, students and staff.
The department is creating a sustainable commitment to serving those in need in low- and middle-income countries and will do so in partnership with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Surgery and other educational partners.