Global Health in Ghana
This elective is located in the Department of Child Health at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and the University of Ghana Medical School. The KBTH in Accra, Ghana, was established on Oct 9, 1923 with an initial bed capacity of 200. By 2000, it had grown to become the leading referral center in Ghana and the third largest hospital on the entire African continent. First established, as a general hospital to address the health needs of the indigenous people of the Gold Coast, the KBTH was granted its status as the teaching hospital of the University of Ghana Medical School in 1962. The construction of Maternity, Medical, Surgical and Child Health blocks increased bed capacity to 1,200. Schools of Dentistry and Allied Health Sciences were also established to meet the growing needs of the country. In 2000, a College of Health Sciences formed to facilitate the activities of the Medical School, Dental School, School of Allied Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, School of Public Health and the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research.
Dr. Ndidi Musa is a pediatric critical care physician who is leading the development of short term electives for MCW residents in pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care and neonatology sub-specialties. The one month rotations include intense observation, exposure to a functional multidisciplinary medical team, participation in daily rounds and organize simulations and attendance at scheduled conferences. All trainees will receive evaluation and feedback.
The experience provides:
New learning opportunities through research and educational collaborations
Opportunities for improved cultural competency
Exposure to health disparities
A challenge to improve clinical diagnostic (based on environment with limited resources)
Contact Dr. Nicole St Clair if you are interested in participating in this elective.