Global Health Scholars
- Bi-directional exchanges to help build institutional and human resource capacity in low-resource countries.
- Inaugural GHS in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine Global Health Initiatives and Kamuzu Central Hospital in Llilongwe, and ongoing coordination with the Malawi Ob/Gyn Society.
The ACOG Global Health Scholars (GHS) program, as envisioned by ACOG and funder Johnson & Johnson, is a bi-directional collaboration between ACOG, a U.S. university and a limited resource country Ob/Gyn department/residency program.
The program is designed to develop the global health skills of Fellows and Junior Fellows by providing supervised experiences for residents or junior faculty from each setting. The first exchange involved Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine and Kamuzu Central Hospital in Llongwe, Malawi.
Dr. Bridget Kelly, an Ob/Gyn resident from Baylor, spent January 2015 in Malawi providing general obstetrics and gynecologic care. Dr. Kelly worked with at-risk patients with many complications, including: sepsis, cervical cancer and postpartum hemorrhage. She worked with Kamuzu residents in surgery, midwives, and health workers visiting pregnant women and new mothers in a rural village. Following this experience, Dr. Kelly plans a career in global women’s health.
In February 2015 Dr. Lameck Chinula of Malawi traveled to the U.S. During his four weeks in the U.S., Dr. Chinula attended the ACOG Robert C. Cefalo National Leadership Institute in North Carolina, the CREOG/APGO conference, the Texas Children’s International Colloquium, and participated in an observational rotation with the head of Gynecological Oncology at Baylor.
Dr. Chinula is junior faculty at Kamuzu Central Hospital providing gynecologic surgery and obstetric care to at-risk women. He is also the secretary of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Malawi. The leadership, mentoring, communications, and advocacy skills gained during his global health experience will prove useful as he mentors faculty, Ob/Gyns, and residents at Kamuzu Central Hospital and the Malawi Ob/Gyn Association.