Senior residents travel to Ecuador for additional experience in the surgical treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate and other congenital deformities. The UMass Division of Plastic Surgery has been traveling to Ecuador since 1991, with week-long trips planned to Salinas and Latacunga. One week trips are made twice per year approximately six months apart as we collaborate with Ecuadorian plastic surgeons and medical schools. This long term relationship has spawned faculty research interests in clinical quality and outcomes on international trips.
As part of our ongoing commitment to plastic surgery education and global surgery, UMass Plastic Surgery, in collaboration with ConnectMed International, annually hosts a visiting international scholar. The visiting plastic surgeon has full access to the academic and clinical resources of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to complete an academic project or public health initiative in their native country, as well as observing the full spectrum of plastic and reconstructive surgery operative cases at UMass.
Meet our 2018 International Scholar Dr. Wone Banda from Malawi! She has been sponsored by ConnectMed International since 2014. To read more about her, click here!