The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin established a visiting scholar program for international obstetricians and gynecologists. “Being able to work with international physicians offers a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth, and gives our department and the Medical College the chance to join the collective effort to improve the health of women around the world”.
Establish partnerships with international obstetrics and gynecology programs to improve access and quality of reproductive healthcare services for women around the world.
This program establishes a visiting scholar exchange program in obstetrics and gynecology. The observership is tailored to meet the specific needs of the international partner. This program is grounded in the principles of capacity building with the goal of strengthening infrastructure to allow for the implementation of novel reproductive health programs. The visiting scholar’s experience can include outpatient clinical activities in the general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology, perinatology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynecology clinics as well as the operating room and the labor and delivery suite under the guidance of obstetrics and gynecology faculty.
This program also allows for faculty and staff in/closely affiliated with the MCW obstetrics and gynecology department to travel to the international partner’s home site. The goal of this exchange is to help implement reproductive health programs and participate in formal teaching sessions. In addition to an exchange of clinical ideas, this program presents an opportunity to develop international research partnerships.
The goal is to expose international physicians to state of the art obstetrics and gynecology management and apply these principles and techniques when caring for patients in their home institution. Faculty from MCW will help and assess the application of the new principles and techniques.
Shijiazhuang City Maternity and Child Health Hospital (Shijiazhuang MCH)
Shijiazhuang City is the capital of Hebei Province in northern China with a population of over 10 million people. Shijiazhuang MCH is a maternal and child health focused hospital with 480 beds in the network of the National Ministry of Public Health. It is in charge of both preventive healthcare and clinical treatment of women and children from 23 counties. In 2014,16,000 newborns were delivered in the hospital! The cesarean delivery rate is around 40%.
Obstetrics: reducing the cesarean rate, reducing neonatal asphyxia rates and standardizing neonatal resuscitation, improving the management of preterm labor and reducing prematurity related complications.
Gynecology: standardizing the diagnosis and management of abnormal uterine bleeding, amenorrhea, menopause, abnormal bone mineral density, and gynecologic tumor management, and improving HPV vaccination rates and cervical cancer screening.