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June 24, 2021

Summer @ the office

Summer is here. Take care out there in the sun, wind and water.

Blåhammaren Mountain station Photo by Paulina Sarbinowska

You can reach us all summer, weekdays 9 am to 12 pm (noon) from 12 July to 20 August at +46 (0)31-342 68 03 or send an e-mail to sahlgrenskaic@vgregion.se.

May 31, 2021

Healing rape victims in war-torn Congo-Kinshasa

A country too rich for its own good. This is where the blood minerals are – a great natural resource as well as a source of
brutality that has ravaged the country for so long.  Hope in Action helps rape victims, used as weapons in the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.

Hope in Action works from Kavumu in the south to Beni in the north and Wakalele in the west, with 2 hospitals and 21 smaller healthcare centres. At the height of the war, 30,000 women and girls – all rape victims – were cared for each year.

Photos: Hope in Action

In the epicentre of the conflict

-We chose the name Hope In Action because it is probably the most important thing, not to lose hope that things will change, that life will get better,” says Tina Björkdahl Andersson, one of the founders of Hope In Action. A number of years ago in Congo-Kinshasa, or Zaire as it was then called, Tina lived in the jungle with her Swedish husband, Dan, who was born and raised there. They had cut ties with Sweden and had no plans to move back, but they were forced to by the war. Their home was Nord-Kivu, which was at the heart of the conflict at that time.

Organization with local roots

– Unfortunately, in one sense Congo-Kinshasa is too rich for its own good. It has a huge amount of natural resources that many want to exploit, at the same time as there are conflicts between livestock and arable farmers, and between established landowners and new settlers in the country. All in all, it is an area with many varied interests, says Tina.

Dan continued to work in Congo-Kinshasa and started up Hope in Action as an international organization there. Tina and Dan later started up the organization in Sweden, which now has a very competent board. They have created a robust organization in Congo-
Kinshasa with local employees, where the aid work is determined by the needs around them. As well as hospitals and smaller healthcare centres, Hope in Action runs rehabilitation centres for women and girls who have been exposed to sexual violence. Some of the material donated by Region Västra Götaland, in West Sweden, now reaches their organization.

Healing rape victims

– Women arrive here and they are so broken inside that they feel everything is finished, but through the healing process at these centres, learning new skills, becoming accepted and getting support long after they go back to their villages, means that together we are slowly changing society. I don’t really think we can understand how much impact this equipment has. We see that we send out some materials, but for them it means the start of something new, says Tina.

– This is recycling at the highest possible level! The material that comes here is amazingly good, even if it
doesn’t measure up to the latest Swedish standards. Consider the hospital beds and think about how many patients are taken in and what it means for them to be cared for in a situation where they doubted whether they would even survive.

The conflicts are complex, but one thing is for sure: women and girls become targets in such a brutal way that it is difficult to believe.

– There are no women out there who are better at taking care of other women than those who have had a similar experience themselves. Many of the women who have been raped work in our team now. Just being able to sit and talk to someone who has been through the same thing means so much.

Hope In Action collaborates with a church network (CEPA:c) which has over one million members, and here they are able to reach out to crime victims. The women who work at Hope In Action’s reception centres often have to walk to inaccessible places to search for women or girls who have been attacked. Medical staff at the centres make an assessment of the injuries and those in need of surgery are taken by ambulance to Kyeshero Hospital in Goma. It is part of the same organization as the Panzi Hospital, which is managed by the Nobel Laureate, Dennis Mukwege. About 300 cases a year are so severe that they are sent directly to Bukavu, where he works.

Goes one step further

The organization has developed a programme that takes a holistic approach, starting with the physical injuries and followed by the psychological healing process. Trained deaconesses, also called listeners, provide psychosocial support. The wounded can also go to school (for a literacy programme) and then learn a new profession or craft. The goal is to be able to return to their home village after a training period of up to six months. Hope In Action works against the stigmatization of rape victims and with changing people’s attitude.
There are often many victims in conflicts, but few who are held accountable. As the only organization in the area, Hope In Action has gone one step further.

– We are affiliated with a lawyers’ office. Together we search for those who committed the violence and ensure that at least some of these people end up in court.

The war was over by 2003, but the conflicts are very much alive. Many people are aware that it is going on, but when a situation is prolonged, reporting and public interest tend to decline.

– There is such a thing as Congo-Kinshasa fatigue. Because worries have crept closer to Sweden, many
people tend to put their own problems first, so it is really encouraging for us that more people want to get involved in
Congo-Kinshasa, says Tina Björkdahl Andersson, from the aid organization Hope in Action.

Safe road for aid

So far Region Västra Götaland has donated textiles and visual aids, and the first container will soon be sent.

– One of our strengths is that we have good warehouses options in Congo-Kinshasa and full control over the logistics involved. As the only organization of our kind, we have an agreement with the customs whereby their officials check the containers in our warehouse, under our supervision. Materials are then distributed where they are most needed.

Growing collaboration with Region Västra Götaland

There are plans to expand collaboration with Region Västra Götaland in 2021. The needs are huge, without any doubt. At the moment there is a dialogue with Anders Lygdman, aid manager at

Sahlgrenska International Care, about what Region Västra Götaland can donate and on what scale.

– We have built a new centre in Masisi through fundraising, but it needs to be fully equipped with 30 beds and operating tables, as well as office furniture and so on. Together we can make a big achievement there, Tina concludes.

 

May 7, 2021

Apply for Specialist Training in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Are you a medical doctor interested in specialising in ENT (Otorhinolaryngology)? We are looking for a communicative team player who always puts patients first to join the Swedish Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) starting in 2022. To be eligible as a SMTP-resident you need to have at least 2 years of clinical experience, preferably within ENT or head and neck surgery and research.

Join our team

You will join the ENT department at one of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals. We treat patients from all over Sweden, and some from abroad. We usually carry out around 35 000 outpatient visits and welcome around 2 500 patients per year in our inpatient wards.

During the ENT residency you will get the opportunity to treat both children and adults, which will give you an insight into the entire spectrum of the ENT field. Focus areas are:

  • head and neck cancer and other tumor surgery
  • nasal and sinus surgery
  • facial fracture
  • phoniatry
  • airway surgery
  • otology and otosurgery including hearing implants, otoneurology / dizziness
  • habilitation and rehabilitation

We work in multidisciplinary teams, around Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s three sites (Östra, Mölndal, Sahlgrenska). You will also frequently collaborate with other departments.

Besides their clinical work, all specialists are deeply committed to research. For example, an ongoing high-profile project is the development of a unique bone conducted hearing aid technique together with Chalmers University of Technology.

 

Is this you?

Are you a fast learner who always puts patients first?

We are looking for a communicative team player with prior experience in ENT or head and neck surgery and research. You should have a high level of ambition, easily put theory into practice, not hesitate in stressful situations and be interested in performing research.

To fit into our department, you will need to listen, understand and earn the trust of both adults and children. We are specialists in different, highly challenging areas of ENT and need each other to be able to provide the best possible care for a broad spectrum of patients. All for the benefit of the patient´s safety and treatment outcomes.

Besides your clinical duties (40 hours per week), you will continuously need to study key literature as well as participate in research projects. Not only will you perform on-call duty, but you will also be part of the out-patient service and assist in the emergency and operating room. Eventually, depending on your skill development, you will be able to operate autonomously.

The clinical part of the training program reaches over 5 years. Besides the core training program in ENT, you will also do rotations in other specialties and participate in a number of different courses.

Apply

Read more about the program layout and application process to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than 30 May 2021.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Teams interviews in June 2021. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to a second interview at the hospital.

Please note that we are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Coordinator is happy to help if you have any questions.

We look forward to finding out more about you!

 

April 1, 2021

Look back on the past year with us

Before we take a break for the holidays, we cannot help but look back on a year that stirred everything.

Covid-19, you were not welcome but you forced us to dare more.

At Sahlgrenska International Care, we transformed the recruitment process to our Specialist Training Programs making it all digital.

15 doctors and dentists could continue our Specialist Training Program uninterrupted.

60 international patients were treated at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, in 5 medical areas. 10-12 containers with medical equipment aid was shipped.

But even if borders closed, the doors remained open for international patients referred within our agreements with other countries where the care was deemed necessary.

The road to the recipients of our medical equipment aid donations became more bumpy, but by entering new partnerships with several aid organizations we ensured that it could reach countries in need.

Despite the 50 % decrease in number of international patients and aid, we started off 2021 with a strong financial result.

 

March 8, 2021

A more even gender distribution on training programs

At Sahlgrenska International Care we strive to achieve a more even gender distribution on our Specialist Dental and Medical Training Programs.

 

Two parents with two children playing outside at Isaberg ski resort

This is a family of five from Saudi Arabia, where both parents were highly qualified and admitted to our specialist programs in Internal Medicine and Opthalmology.

We try to find ways for families to have a good study-life balance during their time in Sweden. Access to childcare is key.

Our team is committed to contribute to #sdg5 everyday.

#internationalwomensday2021 #genderequality #globalgoals

February 16, 2021

10 years of international aid - the SIC way

10 years of international aid. For a sustainable world, and good healthcare for all. Thank you Anders Lygdman for leading “our” way!

Staff at hospital in Ethiopia standing next to a donated ultrasound
Donated ultrasound used in Debre Tabor Hospital

Read more about our journey in Sahlgrenskaliv.

December 23, 2020

A Christmas like no other - greetings from us

December 17, 2020

Office hours during the holidays

Please note that we have limited opening hours December 23rd and 30th. You are more than welcome to contact us 9 am to 12 am.

Grövelsjön, Dalarna by Paulina Sarbinowska

The office is closed December 24-26th and December 31st-January 1st.  Happy Holidays!

/Sahlgrenska I.C. team

December 1, 2020

Planned care for UK citizens after Brexit

Are you a UK Citizen interested in planned care at Sahlgrenska University Hospital or another hospital in Region Västra Götaland?  This is what you need to know.

Staff in reception area welcome a patient

UK citizens are welcome to apply for planned care at the hospitals in the region before and after the Brexit transition period.

As from 1 January 2021, we will offer planned care for UK citizens in accordance with our international price list. The S2 form will no longer be applicable.

If you are visiting Sweden after 31 December 2020 and the need for care arises, it is important that you have a travel insurance as the EHIC card will no longer be valid for UK Citizens.

Both the S2 route and the EHIC card will remain open for the following groups:

  • UK State Pensioners living in the EU before 31 December 2020
  • ”Frontier workers” (someone who works in one state and lives in another) before 31 December 2020, for as long as you continue to be a frontier worker in the host state
  • an EU national living in the UK before 31 December 2020

If you are interested in applying for planned care – please contact our patient coordinator.

November 27, 2020

Apply for Specialist Training in Plastic Surgery

Are you a medical doctor interested in specialising in Plastic Surgery? We have an open position for a Swedish Specialist Medical Training Program (SMTP) starting in 2021. To be eligible you need to have at least 2 years of experience, preferably partly within Plastic Surgery.

Join our team

You will join the Plastic Surgery department at one of Northern Europe’s largest hospitals – the Sahlgrenska University hospital in Gothenburg. We serve patients from all over Sweden, and some from abroad. A regular year, we perform around 1,500 in-patient operations and 950 out-patient operations in our department.

The department carries out all kinds of reconstructive plastic surgery, with the exception for large burn injuries requiring intensive care. We specialize in craniofacial surgery, gender reassignment surgery, microvascular surgery, advanced breast reconstructions and Cleft Lip and Palate (CLP) surgery. A large part of our assignment is reconstructions of congenital malformations in children.

In total, 22 specialists work at our department. Besides their clinical work, everyone is deeply committed in research (2 professors, 5 associate professors, 4 post-doctoral researchers and 8 PhD-students. From our department, 74 scientific publications were produced between 2017–2019. Also, we educate medical students, interns and residents as an integrated part of our daily work.

Is this you?

As with all specialty fields, there is not one right profile. In fact, there are many. What unites us is our relentless interest for plastic surgery.

We are looking for a communicative team player who can listen, understand and earn the trust of both adults and children. An excellent hand-eye co-ordination, fine coordination and visuo-spatial awareness is an advantage for this precise work. We assume that you have spent a couple of years in surgical training and acquired basic surgical skills.

A well-developed sense of self-awareness is essential for a surgeon. To fit in our department, you will also need a good deal of humility towards both patients and peers. We are specialists in different, highly challenging areas of reconstructive surgery and need each other to be able to provide the best care possible to a broad spectrum of patients. All for the benefit of the patient´s safety and treatment outcomes.

We are looking for a highly dedicated colleague who has an uncompromising interest in reconstructive plastic surgery. Besides your clinical duties (40 hours a week), you will continuously need to study key literature as well as participate in research projects. You will be part of the standby duty, the out-patient service as well as assisting in the operating theatre. Eventually, depending on your skill development, you will be able to operate autonomously.

The clinical part of the training program reaches over five years or as long as it takes to fulfil the objectives in accordance with the Swedish regulations and guidelines concerning specialist training in Plastic surgery. Besides the core training program in plastic surgery, you will also participate in a number of different courses, such as microsurgical training. Also, a two-months mandatory education in burn trauma assessment and surgical treatment is located at one of the two burn trauma centers in Sweden (in Linköping or Uppsala). During SMPT-program, you will also do rotations in other specialties, such as anesthesiology, general and vascular surgery.

Apply

Read more about the program layout and application process to see if this is the right position for you. Remember to submit your application no later than December 13th, 2020.

After the deadline we will review the applications and select a few candidates for Skype interviews in the first quarter of 2021. Those who successfully pass that step will be invited to an on-site interview in Gothenburg soon after.

Please note that we are following the COVID-19 development and the recommendations of relevant authorities closely. We will inform you continuously if this affects the application process.

Our Education Coordinator is happy to help if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!

 

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