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News Archive (2009)

New Costa Rican Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Exchange Program Announced

May 25, 2009

Members of the College of Human Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica, May 16-20, 2009, to meet with leaders from the University of Costa Rica and the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. 

The meeting resulted in the creation of a bilateral exchange program for senior residents in obstetrics and gynecology in the affiliated residency programs and at the University of Costa Rica. This elective will provide a global health perspective though clinical observation and didactic coursework, to selected residents in both countries. 

The exchange program will extend over four weeks and will be initiated with a visit of Costa Rican residents to MSU College of Human Medicine-affiliated residencies during the spring 2010. Subsequently, a resident from MSU will be selected to join the Costa Rican training program. Residents from each country will learn more about health care policies, public health care systems, as well as the practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in different hospital and ambulatory settings. 

This effort reflects the College of Human Medicine’s vision to promote international presence and global collaborations around women’s health. This training program will promote the exchange of knowledge and to offer unique learning experiences to our residency training programs. This initial visit was financially supported by the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context at the International Studies Program. 

PHOTO ID - Seated (left to right): Dr. Richard Leach, chair, MSU College of Human Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology; Dr. Viria Castro, research director, Hospital San Juan de Dios; Dr. Libby Bogdan-Lovis, assistant director, MSU College of Human Medicine Center for Ethics and Humanities. Back row: Dr. John Hebert, residency director, MSU affiliated residency at Hurley Hospital, Flint; Dr. Fabio Alfaro, national program director of gynecology, University of Costa Rica; Dr. Leonardo Orozco, director for research and evaluation, University of Costa Rica; Dr. Patricia Obando, director of medical education, MSU College of Human Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology; Dr. Jorge Mora, director, Obstetrics Graduate Program, Hospital San Juan de Dios; Dr. Carlos Castro, national program director for obstetrics, University of Costa Rica; and Dr. Gerson Nierbles, Carit Hospital director for obstetrics.