What We Do
Thanks to a global network of volunteer experts, host partners, academic institutions, and generous supporters, we work to increase access to quality urological care in medically underserved areas of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Each year, we serve hundreds of children and adults in need while training local doctors and nurses. The training we provide helps ensure that future generations will have access to the life-changing surgical care they need to lead healthy, productive lives.
Who We Are
IVUmed is committed to making quality urological care available worldwide. In fulfilling this mission, IVUmed provides medical and surgical education to physicians and nurses and treatment to thousands of children and adults.
Teach One, Reach Many. IVUmed’s motto reflects the impact that each of our volunteers and donors has on the world. Each person we train has the potential to reach hundreds, even thousands, of children and adults in need. That is the power of your support. Together, we build something that continues beyond the bounds of each individual’s efforts.
Where We Work
We partner with dynamic surgeons in teaching hospitals in low-resource areas of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Overall, we have worked in over 30 countries worldwide to build access to quality surgical care.
Learn more about how you can help advance our mission and Teach One, Reach Many. We organize 25-30 surgical training workshops that cover most urological subspecialties. Get involved today.
“When I reflect on my time in Bhopal, it shines as one of the purest surgical experiences of my life. I will be forever grateful to IVUmed, its donors, and my mentors in Bhopal for an eye-opening experience.”
“While this was my first global health mission, it certainly will not be my last. The people I met and the experiences I had in Mongolia have made an everlasting impact on my life.”
“I’ll keep this experience with me as I navigate my own career and seek out similar service opportunities in the future. I have experienced no better way to feel a true sense of purpose as a surgeon.”
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of these young boys that we have given a new life to is overwhelming. These are the kindest families who are so thankful”
“This was an incredible experience. The need was so great and the local team so enthusiastic and excited to learn. I wish I could have stayed for longer and wish I could go back a few times a year!”
“I really loved the “teach one, reach many” mentality that prevailed throughout the workshop. Even in a few days it was great to see the local surgeons’ and residents’ skills grow and interest in minimally invasive surgery increase.”
“This trip definitely changed the course of my career forever. I can’t wait to visit more countries and would be honored to do so through IVUmed.”
“IVUmed should be congratulated on their continued commitment to providing valuable care to those who need it most. Their mantra ‘Teach One, Reach Many’ remains an important consideration as we forge ahead, seeking ways to collaborate with those less fortunate.”
“I recommend this experience to every urology resident. It’s more than a surgical experience, it’s a humanitarian opportunity that broadened my cultural awareness and motivated me to pursue similar experiences in the future.”
“My two weeks in Uganda flew by, and by the time I got to the airport, my mind was already spinning trying to plan a future trip! I was re-inspired in the field of urology and medicine, which is sometimes forgotten in the trenches of residency. I made lifelong friends and memories with this trip, and cannot thank IVU enough for sponsoring me as a resident scholar, and my program at Thomas Jefferson University for not only allowing but encouraging such an experience.”
IVU trips are truly surgery in its purest form. As a participant, your framework is shifted, your perspectives are re-calibrated, and you’re reminded of what a surgeon’s life would be without hospital bureaucracy.
The Western Section of the American Urological Association made it possible for Dr. Jullet Han to serve as an IVUmed Resident Scholar in Kigali, Rwanda under the mentorship of Dr. Frank Burks. Dr. Han shares her experience: “I fit as much as I could into my tiny...