The goals for this experience are to foster a spirit of volunteerism, enhance surgical skills and decision-making, provide exposure to third world disorders, further cultural sensitivity, and strengthen teaching skills. This experience gives residents the opportunity to develop an understanding of the affects of health-care resource use; impacts the residents’ outlook and attitude toward the delivery of health care and allows for professional development.
Milwaukee Orthopaedic Overseas
Recently, the program has expanded to include a resident exchange program as well an expansion in the surgical program. Residents from the Louis Fonseca Hospital in Managua travel to Milwaukee for 2-months to learn a variety of techniques and MCW residents have he opportunity to travel to Managua for 1-2 months to experience Orthopaedics in a developing country. In addition, Dr. Schwab has recently expanded the surgical program to include surgical cases at both Fonseca Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital in Managua.
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The skill I appreciated the most was how to adjust to a low resource environment and still perform complex surgeries in an efficient manner."
Omar Khatib, md
Global Health Testimonials
"The experience that Dr. Schwab has developed has set a great example for what mission work can be and how as physicians we can have a lasting impact on our fellow man. I will be forever indebted for this experience."
Scott Smith, MD, class of 2018
"Going to Nicaragua was a meaningful trip that has impacted how I think about healthcare and will surely influence how I practice orthopaedics in the future. It has truly inspired me to be a better physician. For future residents, I would highly recommend going to Nicaragua and only hope they enjoy it as much as I did."
lisa sienkiewicz, md, class of 2017
"Having the privilege to go to Nicaragua as part of my residency was an invaluable experience that taught me many lessons and will enhance my future practice."
scott kuzma, class of 2018