Medicine for Humanity’s

Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship

Medicine for Humanity is creating an annual Urogynecology Leadership Fellowship Program to train a Ugandan Obstetrician Gynecologist and future leader in the field of women’s health.

Specialty training of a physician in Urogynecology will contribute to women’s health and empowerment in Uganda and East Africa. This will be a powerful investment in professionals who can increase access to health care throughout the nation.

3rd-year resident doctors who participated in Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery rotation: (pictured from left to right) Dr. Huilary Aheisibwe, Dr. Sande Ojara, Dr. Musa Kayondo-Attending/Chair of OB/Gyn Dept. at MUST, Dr. Helen Kasaija, Dr. Kasombo Irung, and Dr. Adawe Ali.

The ultimate goal is to expand and improve capacity within the Ugandan health care system to care for women and mothers suffering from fistula and pelvic floor disorders (PFD).

We aim to build capacity by training young doctors with a commitment to this cause in Uganda through expert mentorship.  Recipient physicians are taught leadership skills and training to become the next thought leaders in the country and to develop and nurture others to further this cause. Successful leadership requires technical proficiency, compassion, professional conduct, self-assessment and self-improvement, ethical and moral decision making, trust from one’s community, and a vision for improvement with integrity.

Medicine for Humanity — in conjunction with the Mbarara University Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology — will provide vision, mission, and resources to young physicians in Uganda. This will nurture and inspire future leaders in the community to flourish, contribute, and succeed.

The selection process

Drs. Musa Kayondo and Christopher Tarnay will identify outstanding and motivated Ugandan Third Year Residents in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology interested in obtaining specialized training in Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery with focus on fistula repair. Successful applicants will receive expert mentorship, serve as fellows for one year while developing expertise and earning credentials in this field.

An important characteristic of successful applicants is the commitment to the continuation of service for patients in need within Uganda or adjoining regions. Medicine for Humanity will create a 3-year incentive program for the fellows who remain in Uganda after their fellowship to advance medical care for women with PFD and to help train more doctors who can fill gaps in care.

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