Thomaier, Lauren

School of Medicine

Rwanda

I will be working with the International Organization for Women and Development in Rwanda. I will be working with a team of Urogynecologists specifically managing obstetric fistula and complications associated with repair. Obstetric fistula is an extremely rare complication in the United States and even fistulas from other medical conditions or as a result of surgery are very rare. As a result, few OB/GYN residents are trained in residency on repair of fistulas. This rotation will allow me to start gaining the operative skills and knowledge required to perform complex fistula repair in low-resource settings. I will have the opporunity to work with a team of highly trained surgeons as they teach other providers complex repairs. This would be an invaluable experience for me and give me exposure to operative skills teaching in low resource settings. Additionally, I will be involved in obstetric fistula research and help implement a teaching initiative for medical students.

International Organization for Women and Development, Rwanda | Rockville, NY

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