Global Rotation


The Surgery Residency Program has arranged an international rotation to the country of Rwanda, Africa. The hospital is located in the city center of Kigali, Rwanda. This rotation will be available as an elective off-campus rotation to residents in their  third or fourth year of residency for six weeks. 

The clinical experience is extremely positive and the educational benefits will be great. Their operative volume is 2,800 cases per year with approximately 50% of those cases involving general surgery. The hospital in Rwanda sees a large volume of patients with peritonitis (perforated DU, perforated typhoid, perforated diverticulitis). They also see a significant volume of  non-penetrating trauma. One of the most striking differences is their management of resources vs the United States. The experience will include an outpatient experience one day a week in which residents will see patients in the elective general surgery clinic. The rotation will provide the unique opportunity for our residents to work as part of a team in a resource-poor part of the world with an overwhelming need for surgical care.