Faculty from the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and from the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at the College of Human Medicine traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica in May 2009 to meet with leaders from the University of Costa Rica and the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. The purpose of the visit was to build a partnership with the Graduate Program for Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Costa Rica for the creation of a bilateral exchange program for senior residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the MSU Affiliated residency programs and the University of Costa Rica (AOGRN).
Subsequently, faculty from the University of Costa Rica visited the MSU campus in September 2009 to follow up on the initiative. The meetings resulted in a tangible international exchange program that is now offered to senior ObGyn residents to all afilliated CHM-MSU residencies. 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 4 weeks, with further intent of collaborating on curriculum development and other research initiatives. The program was initiated with the visit of one Costa Rican resident, Dr. Yai Linn Chang to the Grand Rapids afilliated residency program in May 2010. In February 2011, an MSU resident from the Lansing program, Dr. Meaghan Murphy recently visited Costa Rica to complete a 4 week rotation in San Jos√© at three different hospitals: Hospital Mexico, Hospital de la Mujer-Carit and Clinica Clodomiro Picado.
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's vision to promote international presence and global collaborations around Women‚Äôs Health. This training program will promote the exchange of knowledge and to offer unique learning experiences to our residency training programs.
If you are interested in applying for the Residency Exchange Program, please click here to see a program description and requirements.
OB/GYN at CHM - Costa Rica Agreement:
The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at CHM signs cooperation agreement with the University of Costa Rica:
On October 19, 2010 an Agreement of Cooperation between the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the College of Human Medicine, MSU and the University of Costa Rica was signed by Dr. Richard Leach, Chair of the Department, Dr. Marsha Rappley, Dean for the College of Human Medicine, Dr. Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Dean for International Studies and Programs and Dr. Yamileth Gonz√°lez Garc√≠a, President, University of Costa Rica in San Jos√©, Costa Rica. The agreement allows the implementation of a Global Reproductive Health Residency Exchange training program between the two institutions.
The agreement provides ObGyn residents from both universities the opportunity to participate in an observational training program to incorporate a global health perspective. The partnership is the result of a visit to Costa Rica in May 2009 to initiate conversations with Costa Rican stakeholders to create a bilateral exchange program for senior residents and to create further research collaborations and faculty exchange in the near future. Dr. Richard Leach, Chair of the Department, Dr. Patricia Obando, Director for ObGyn Medical Education, Dr. John Hebert, Chair and Program Director for ObGyn in Flint and Elizabeth Bogdan-Lovis, Assistant Director for the Center of Ethics and Humanities visited Costa Rica on behalf of the Department.
For more information about the residency exchange program, please click here.