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Global Health Research Advising: Rwanda

October 18, 2017 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
CGH Corner Building
2017 CGH And MHIRT Scholars in South Africa

Please join us 5-7PM at CGH on the UVA corner to talk about research opportunities associated with the Center for Global Health University Scholar Award. Marcel Durieux, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Virginia, will discuss multiple research opportunities 

The Center for Global Health supports interdisciplinary approaches to global health and we welcome scholar proposals for work conducted at global partner sites in Rwanda, Guatemala, South Africa and elsewhere.

Rwanda Research Topics Summer 2018

Teams of 2 student are preferred for each project. Projects consist of retrospective chart review unless indicated otherwise.

 

1.Rate of infections in intensive care units (ICU) of referral hospitals in Rwanda

Study staff: Mvukiyehe Jean Paul, MD, Anesthesia Resident; 2 UVA students
Location: University Hospital Kigali

The aims of the study will be to determine the prevalence of infections in ICU patients and the related mortality; to determine the most common microbial agents, and medication utilized with regard to their sensitivity and resistance; to determine the length of stay and days on mechanical ventilator; and to attempt to understand the risk factors associated with infections in ICU

 

2.Pregnancy with Cardiac disease in Rwanda

Study staff: Mvukiyehe Jean Paul, MD, Anesthesia Resident; 2 UVA students
Location: University Hospital Kigali

The aims of the study will be to determine the prevalence of the most common cardiac diseases in pregnancy, evaluate the portion of rheumatic heart disease in pregnant patients; to evaluate the associated maternal-fetal outcomes; and to propose possible solutions to improve outcomes

 

3.Postoperative pain management

Study staff: TBA; 2 UVA students
Location: University Hospital Kigali

The aims of this study will be to evaluate if patients were prepared for the pain they would have after surgery, which drugs were given intraoperatively, and whether after surgery patients were assessed for pain and treated according to protocols. Part of this study will involve prospective data collection in patients coming for surgery, and it is therefore particularly suited to medical students.

 

4.Outcomes in oral and maxillofacial surgery

Study staff: Kulkarni Amol, MD; 2-4 UVA students
Location: Military Hospital Kigali

The aims of these studies will be to determine whether appropriate protocols are used after oral and maxillofacial surgery and what the associated patient outcomes are. Examples include appropriate use of perioperative antibiotics and associated infection rates; management of patients in the ICU vs. on the ward, and associated outcomes.
 

5.University of Global Health Equity

Study staff: TBA; 1-2 UVA students

Location: University of Global Health Equity, Kigali

The vision of the UGHE is “to create a university that would advance the science of health care delivery and create a cadre of global changemakers. University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is reimagining health sciences education by rethinking every aspect of a university in the 21st century – from what we teach to how we teach, from our values to our research priorities, from the location and design of our campus to our local and global impact.” The exact content of this position is to be determined, but will likely be internship with a significant research component.