Health Volunteers Overseas

The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) joined Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) as a sponsoring organization in January of 2017. HVO is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. The goal of the organization is not only to train new health care providers, but to encourage and sustain current health workers so that they can continue to practice and improve patient care.

HVO is actively recruiting surgical oncologists for their oncology sites. Volunteers must be appropriately trained and credentialed healthcare professionals who specialize in oncology. Volunteer applications will be reviewed and processed by HVO staff; however, please indicate that you are an SSO member when inquiring about a specific project.


Current opportunities:

Honduras

Volunteers are needed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to provide teaching and training in medical and pediatric oncology to staff (physicians, nurses, lab personnel, etc.), residents and students at three hospitals: the Hospital Escuela Universitario, the Hospital San Felipe, and the Cancer Center Emma Callejas. Volunteers need to have been in active practice for at least 5 years. For more information, please review the project description or contact Andrea Moody at a.moody@hvousa.org.

Dates and needs for the 2017 oncology teams:

  • February 5-11: Surgical oncologist and a breast oncologist (urgent need!)
  • May 7-13: Surgical oncologist and a gynecologic oncologist
  • August 6-12: Surgical oncologist and a gynecologic oncologist
  • November 5-11: Surgical oncologist and a breast oncologist

For more information on SSO’s participation in this program, please contact Ana Olivares at anaolivares@surgonc.org.  For additional information on HVO, please contact the HVO office at info@hvousa.org or (202) 296 0928.