Humanitarian Overseas Physician Education (H.O.P.E.)

The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is able to offer several residents, a pediatric anesthesiology fellow and a medical student from the OHSU School of Medicine the opportunity to practice anesthesia overseas in a Less Developed Nation (LDN). This unique opportunity is made possible by the generosity of friends, faculty and alumni of the Department.

Selected trainees have the opportunity to travel overseas and provide anesthesia care to patients undergoing surgical procedures. This may involve traveling with a team from OHSU or another Humanitarian NGO. Other residents may travel overseas to a Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) site, or with an established training program of another US Residency Training program.  Most (but not all) trips involve an OHSU faculty member as a participant/mentor

There are currently not financial resources to allow all residents to participate, so each year a lottery is held. CA-3 or CA-4 (Oregon Scholars Program) residents who are in good academic standing and are interested in participating are randomly selected. The number of residents who get to participate in any year varies, and depends on the financial health of the various Endowed Funds (see below). Trainees receive credit for the rotation, and airfare and lodging expenses are paid.

Upon completion of the rotation, participants may be asked to write a short summary of their trip for the Departmental newsletter, and/or present at Department Grand Rounds. The rotation is very popular, and often one of the high points of the residency.

There are currently 3 Funds that support humanitarian trips for APOM trainees: 

Wendell C. Stevens Endowment Fund

Betty B. Thompson Endowment Fund

Bob and Mary Jane Stewart Endowment Fund

Mother and Child- Peru 2011

View photos from previous humanitarian trips