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Surgical residents in Malawi

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and affiliated departments and divisions offer several predoctoral and postdoctoral global health clinical and research training fellowships. We are committed to sustainable programs that improve long-term health in the places where we work and address the shortage of healthcare professionals while offering valuing training.

We partner with two School of Medicine departments to offer specialty residency training programs for Malawians.

Surgical residency in Malawi

Training Malawians to serve as surgeons, teachers and leaders will improve surgical care for years to come.  UNC surgeon Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, established the Malawi Surgical Initiative at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe in July 2009.

The Malawi surgical resident training program is the largest training program in the region. It is designed for general practitioners and leads to fellowship in the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.  The MSI continues to grow through curriculum development, clinical and didactic training, and career mentorship. After five years of post-medical-school training through the MSI, these surgeons will spend a lifetime providing surgical care to some of the poorest people in the world. In addition, they will become the faculty for the self-sustaining training program, guiding generations of surgeons and leaders.

The residency program is a partnership of KCH, the Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Haukland University Department of Surgery (Norway) and the UNC Departments of Surgery and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery.

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Obstetrics/Gynecology residency in Malawi

UNC Global Women’s Health collaborates with the Malawi College of Medicine on a four-year OB-GYN residency program, the first in the country. The goal is to have a qualified OB-GYN consultant in every district hospital within 10 years. Residents are trained at Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, one of the busiest maternity hospitals in the region. Partners in this effort include the U.S. CDC, the Norwegian government, the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationBaylor College of Medicine, and private donors. The first class of four OB-GYN residents started in October 2013.