June 2002 Bulletin

Health Volunteers Overseas seeks volunteers on the island of Tobago

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), under the auspices of its Orthopaedics Overseas division, has initiated a new program to provide continuing orthopaedic education on the island of Tobago.

Training will take place at the Scarborough Regional Hospital, a government hospital operated by the Tobago Regional Health Authority. Tobago is part of the island nation that includes Trinidad and is located off the coast of Venezuela.

Qualified volunteers will provide training for local physicians and registrars in general orthopaedics, as well as pediatric orthopaedics, spine surgery, trauma and hand surgery. Volunteers will also consult in outpatient clinics, conduct ward rounds and deliver lectures.

Under the leadership of John P. Fulkerson, MD, program director for the Orthopaedic Overseas Tobago program, HVO will be recruiting orthopaedic surgeons who are board-certified or board eligible. Volunteers need not possess teaching experience. Assignments will last for two weeks with six volunteers recruited yearly. Volunteers are responsible for their international transportation and living expenses, which are tax-deductible.

HVO is a private, non-profit, voluntary organization founded in 1986. Its mission is to improve global health through training.

Orthopaedic Overseas is sponsored by the AAOS, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

For more information about this program and other Orthopaedic Overseas programs, contact the HVO office at (202) 296-0928 or visit their Web site at www.hvousa.org.

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