4-Week 4th Year Surgery Rotation to Kijabe, Kenya

AIC Kijabe Hospital, located in Kijabe, Kenya, one hour outside Nairobi, is a tertiary-care facility with training programs in nursing, anesthesia, surgery (general, pediatrics, and pediatric neurosurgery), family medicine, and other areas of health care. The goals of this international rotation are:

  • gain a perspective on global surgery as a vital aspect of public health and its role in attaining the Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals 3, 4, and 5
  • acquire experiential knowledge about the provision of surgical care in a low-income environment and demonstrate a logical and appropriate clinical approach to the care of patients, utilizing local resources
  • recognize that lessons learned during the 4-week rotation can be integrated into practice when the resident returns to the US
  • specific objectives that are competency-based.
This opportunity is limited to surgery residents only.
Rondi Kauffmann [Email]
Division of Surgical Oncology, Kijabe Liaison for Surgery
Margaret Tarpley [Email]
Senior Associate in Surgery

Kijabe, Kenya


Other faculty:
Erik Hansen
James O'Neill 
Naji Abumrad
Kyla Terhune
Emily Towns
Mark Newton
Quentin Eichbaum
Robert Boyce

Program Type

Training or Education

Funding Type




Global Health Topics

Education, Emergency Medicine, Ethics, Health Systems, Surgery and Anesthesiology


Post-doctoral students, residents, or trainees; Faculty members

Program Length

Less than 1 month

VU Affiliation

The program is affiliated with Vanderbilt.


The program does not have a language requirement.