Zambia Global Neurology Rotation
The neurology resident Zambia elective at Northwestern University was established by Igor Koralnik, MD, Professor of Neurology and division chief of Neuro-Infectious Disease and Global Neurology. Each year, up to two neurology residents receive a stipend to travel to Lusaka, Zambia, for a one-month elective. During this elective, they are fully integrated into the Zambian health system, see inpatient neurology consults, work in outpatient clinics, help in teaching Zambian neurology residents and medical students, and participate in research under the direct supervision of Drs. Omar Siddiqi of Harvard University and Deanna Saylor of Johns Hopkins at The University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
UTH is affiliated with the University of Zambia School of Medicine, the nation's first medical school. This 1,800-bed facility located in the nation's capital provides a diverse set of specialties to the citizens of Zambia, including Community Medicine, Internal Medicine (of which Neurology is a subspecialty), Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, and Pediatrics.
Zambia is currently experiencing a significant deficit of neurologists, with a total of four neurologists in the country for a population of 17 million people.
There are currently five Zambian adult Neurology residents as part of the country's first training program. Northwestern residents will work closely with these trainees as part of the elective. In addition to caring for patients with a variety of diseases rarely seen in the U.S., Neurology residents have the opportunity to navigate a vastly different health system. During the month-long rotation, they will learn to treat patients in an environment with more limited access to imaging and medications.
For more information about this unique elective, please contact Dr. Koralnik at Igor.Koralnik@northwestern.edu