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

Through the H.O.P.E program, the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at OHSU provides opportunities for anesthesiology residents, fellows and medical students from the OHSU School of Medicine the opportunity to practice anesthesia overseas in a Less Developed Nation (LDN) under the supervision and mentorship of qualified faculty members. They have the opportunity to provide high quality anesthesia care to patients undergoing a broad range of surgical procedures. Selected learners receive funding for airfare and lodging during their trip.  These opportunities may involve traveling with a team from OHSU or another Humanitarian Non-Government Organization (NGO).  Selected residents and fellows can receive credit towards training from the American Board of Anesthesiology for these experiences. Examples of sites visited include Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Ethiopia, and India.  This unique opportunity is made possible by the generosity of friends, faculty and alumni of the Department. 

The HOPE program is fully integrated with the department's ASPIRE education in Global Health . Upon completion of the rotation, participants are asked to write a short summary of their trip for the Departmental newsletter as well as the Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists newsletter.  They will also present their experience at an ASPIRE Global Health session. Our learners consistently report that their H.O.P.E. experience is one of the highlights of their education.

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