Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam

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Annual Application Deadline:  December 1 to Volunteer for Future Projects

Step up to a challenging experience!

 You have heard of interesting vacations in Europe, boat cruises through Alaskan waters, mountain climbing, and kayaking in scenic placVietnam logo no yr.jpges, however, the AOFAS has an even better adventure in mind for its members. It offers beautiful scenery, foreign language and unusual foods, and involves stepping out of your comfort zone -- both clinically and personally. It also affords the opportunity to do something truly special for others and return home with memories that will last a lifetime. Consider volunteering!

Surgeons spend one or two weeks working side-by-side with Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons -- teaching, seeing patients in the clinics, and performing surgery. AOFAS volunteers present at the AOFAS-sponsored annual orthopaedic educational conference in Hanoi and at provincial hospitals. The annual project, scheduled over a four week period in May -- June, provides surgical care and education in provinces in northern Vietnam and in Hanoi.   

The project is open to Active Members, Associate Members - Osteopathic, Candidate Members, and International Members. Surgeons volunteer time and pay for their own travel to Vietnam. In-country expenses for food, lodging, travel, and logistics support for the project are covered by a grant to AOFAS from the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, the charitable arm of the AOFAS.   

2014 Vietnam Project:  Celebrating 13 years of Education and Service in Vietnam 

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The 2014 project was May 26 - June 20 and the annual AOFAS-sponsored educational conference was held on June 7 in Hanoi. This year's AOFAS volunteers were: 

Naren G. Gurbani, MD - Downey, California
Aaron J. Guyer, MD - Tallahassee, Florida
Minoo H. Hollis, MD - Navarre, Florida

L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD - Tucson, Arizona
Angus M. McBryde, MD - Columbia, South Carolina
Naomi N. Shields, MD - Wichita, Kansas

Read about the volunteers' experiences: 
2010 Project
The AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam is funded
by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation with generous contributions from individuals and corporations. The Foundation 
is a separate 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the AOFAS that raises funds to support the Society's mission in advancing education, research, and humanitarian service.

Ask these AOFAS Vietnam volunteers about their experience!

Jorge Acevedo, MD (Royal Palm Beach, FL )
Mario Kuhn Adames, MD
(Florianopolis, Brazil)
Robert S. Adelaar, MD (Richmond, VA)
Angel Arnaud Franco, MD (Monterrey, Mexico)
L. Samuel Barouk, MD (Bordeaux, France)
Judith F. Baumbauer, MD (Rochester, NY)
R. Dale Blasier, MD (Little Rock, AR)
Loretta B. Chou, MD (Stanford, CA)
R. Richard Coughlin, MD (San Francisco, CA)
Greta E. Dereymaeker, MD (Leuven, Belgium)
Paul S. Docktor, MD (Denver, Colorado)
William H. Gondring, MD (St. Joseph, MO)
Naren G. Gurbani, MD (Downey, CA)
Aaron J. Guyer, MD (Tallahassee, FL)
Paul J. Hecht, MD (Lebanon, NH)
Minoo H. Hollis, MD (Navarre, FL)
A. Holland Johnson, MD (Boston, MA)
L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD (Tucson, AZ)
Thomas H. Lee, MD (Columbus, OH)
Lowell D. Lutter, MD (St. Paul, MN)
Angus M. McBryde, MD (Columbia, SC)
Thomas A. McDonald, MD(Springfield, MA)
Francis X. McGuigan, MD (Washington, DC)

João de Carvalho Neto, MD (São Paulo, Brazil)
Mier Nyska, MD 
(Sde-Nitzan, Israel)
Paul J. Juliano, MD (Hershey, PA)
E. Greer Richardson, MD (Memphis, TN)
Pascal F. Rippstein, MD  (Zurich, Switzerland)
Michael M. Romash, MD (Chesapeake, VA)
Nimrod Ron, MD (Caesarea, Israel)
Peter B. Salamon, MD  (Stockton, CA)
Pierce E. Scranton, MD (Kirkland, WA)
Steven C. Sheskier, MD (New York, NY)
Naomi N. Shields, MD (Wichita, KS)
Mark P. Slovenkai, MD (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Ruth L. Thomas, MD (Little Rock, AR)
Saul G. Trevino, MD (Columbia, MO)
J. Loch Trimingham, MD (Bellingham, WA)
Robert G. Veith, MD (Renton, WA)
J. Turner Vosseller, MD (New York, NY)
Keith L. Wapner, MD (Philadelphia, PA)

Zan Lofgren, CAE, Executive Director
Judi Northrup, Director of Education
Elaine Leighton, FAI Managing Editor/Research Manager

How You Can Participate

To volunteer for a future project, please complete the application form below. The application is a fillable Word form. Save a copy to your computer before and after you have entered your information. Click the shaded area above the first line to enter data, and use the tab key to advance to the next field. Submission instructions are included on the application.

Vietnam Application Form - fillable

Questions?  Please contact Zan Lofgren, CAE, Executive Director, zlofgren@aofas.org or 847-430-5077.​​​