When Moji Saberin, MD, returned to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for alumni weekend, she was expecting to reconnect with friends and former teachers. She wasn’t expecting to make plans for an international trip.
“During alumni weekend, I met an attending physician who was volunteering by providing ob/gyn care to women in Guyana,” says Dr. Saberin, an Ob/Gyn at Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health.
Guyana, the third smallest country in South America, has a population roughly 800,000 and is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Access to quality health care is an issue that affects all of its citizens, but especially its women and children.
In response to this need, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals launched the Women and Neonates, Diversity, Opportunity, Outreach, and Research (WONDOOR) Program in 2012 to train physicians in Guyana in obstetrics and gynecology.
When Dr. Saberin began researching WONDOOR, she was intrigued.
“It sounded like something I would be interested in.”
And so, in March 2016, Dr. Saberin departed for a week-long visit to Georgetown Hospital, Guyana’s oldest hospital. During her stay, she led teaching rounds, conducted presentations, and saw patients. Her discussions covered a variety of topics.
“We covered abnormal uterine bleeding, c-sections, hysterectomies, ultrasounds, and even wound infection training,” says Dr. Saberin. “Everything that is taught there is per the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.”
Dr. Saberin says her time spent teaching in Guyana was valuable, and she looks forward to visiting again soon. In the meantime, she is working with pharmaceutical representatives from MERCK to deliver the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to Georgetown Hospital.
Although WONDOOR’s original intent was to connect the citizens of Guyana with access to ob/gyn training and care, the program has expanded to include specialties like pediatrics, emergency medicine, and neonatology. Dr. Saberin encourages interested physicians to become involved.
If you are interested in learning more about WONDOOR, visit the WONDOOR program’s website.