Global Education

According to The Lancet Commission for Global Surgery, surgical conditions comprise approximately one third of the global burden of disease and exist in nearly all disease sub-categories. Yet access to quality surgical, obstetric and anesthetic care in low- and middle-income countries is a harrowing global health disparity.

The VCU International Anesthesia Program and faculty collaborate on capacity building projects in Europe, Africa, Asia and Central/South America, working toward developing sustainable surgical systems. We strive for our programs to be resident-driven and faculty mentored, where residents:

  • Develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors essential for effective anesthesia practice in less developed, international healthcare settings
  • Broaden their awareness of cultural diversity and international healthcare delivery systems
  • Teach and exchange knowledge and clinical skills regarding perioperative management with local anesthesia practitioners and residents who care for patients amidst limited access to resources

One of our international sites is at the Instituto Materno Infantil del Estado de México, located in Toluca, Mexico, an hour and a half outside of Mexico City. This institute provides health care services to low-income and uninsured women and children in the State of Mexico. It is composed of three specialty units: The Children’s Hospital, The Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital and the Dentistry Center.

Through facilities that perform approximately 13,000 anesthetics annually, our residents can:

  • Choose elective options during CA-3 year for obstetric and pediatric anesthesia supervised by fellowship trained faculty
  • Develop and refine neuraxial, regional and general anesthesia skills in both women and children
  • Collaborate with local teams to conduct research and innovation projects in education, simulation and quality improvement and safety

For more information regarding VCU International Anesthesia, contact Olga Suarez-Winowiski, M.D., at