THIMPU, Bhutan / KuenselOnLine / News / June 29, 2011
A shared medical experience between the US and Bhutan
Health Volunteers Overseas
By Dechen Yangzom
Since then more than 200 volunteers have served 200 different assignments with various departments of the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (file photo below) in Thimphu. This has been possible with funding from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
The current program director of orthopaedics for HVO in Bhutan, Dr Robert Hoffman, who was in Thimphu recently, said, HVO in Bhutan has branched out in many other departments, such as physical therapy, psychiatry, anaesthesia, paediatrics, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.
“HVO in Bhutan has matured and we’re now trying to give other doctors specialties in spinal, paediatric, and hand surgeries, as well as in sports medicine, which is a sub-area of orthopaedics,” Dr Hoffman said.
HVOs have also been training technicians at the Royal Institute of Health Sciences. A two-year old orthopaedic program has also been established at the Mongar regional hospital.
Although all the current orthopaedic surgeons in Bhutan were trained in Siriraj hospital under Mahidol University in Thailand, two other Bhutanese orthopaedic surgeons have attended a Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN) conference through HVO that donated machines to Bhutan for long bone fractures.
Bhutanese orthopaedic surgeons have also been invited to the United States to train with HVO doctors.
“Although Bhutan is comparably less developed in its medical grounds than the United States, HVO has improved the diversity of medical services in Bhutan and can be regarded to set the goal and direction of Bhutan’s future,” Dasho (Dr) Gado Tshering said.
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