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RUN for IVU Virtual Challenge

RUN for IVU Virtual Challenge

The Run for IVU is a 25 mile virtual challenge held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of International Volunteers in Urology (IVU).  The challenge will take place over a 7 day period from October 24-31. Participants can run or walk as individuals or participate...

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Innovations Born out of COVID-19

Innovations Born out of COVID-19

IVU board member and volunteer Dr. Heidi Stephany was featured in the July 2020 edition of The Journal of Urology, the official journal of the American Urological Association. Dr. Stephany’s article, entitled “Trends in Medicine: Virtual Visits, Now and in the...

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AUA News Features IVU’s Work

AUA News Features IVU’s Work

IVU board members Drs. Scott Eggener and Christina Ching wrote an article entitled "Urologists' Perspectives on Global Volunteerism" for AUA News. The pair began their work with IVU as Resident Scholars. Since then, they've led many workshops around the globe and...

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IVU Supports & Fosters Equity

IVU Supports & Fosters Equity

The core mission of IVU is grounded in respect for all people regardless of race, nationality, or beliefs. Humanitarian missions designed to teach one, reach many reflect efforts to help develop local capabilities to treat under-served populations and people in need....

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IVU Volunteers’ Dedication to Service

IVU Volunteers’ Dedication to Service

IVU volunteers never cease to amaze us! Gwen & Tim Hutchings, who volunteered at an IVU female urology workshop in Senegal a couple years ago, have created and donated more than 1,100 face masks since the beginning of the pandemic! Their service has drawn national...

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Update: COVID-19

Update: COVID-19

Our work is international by nature. Our dedicated volunteers travel all over the world to provide expert surgical training. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, IVU has postponed all upcoming workshops. We are monitoring the situation and stay in regular contact with our...

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

The generous support of the Southeast Section of the American Urological Association made it possible for Dr. Elizabeth Traore to serve as an IVU Resident Scholar in Dakar, Senegal under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Kalota. Dr. Traore shares her experience: "I had been...

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Resident Scholar Re-Inspired During Two Weeks in Uganda

Resident Scholar Re-Inspired During Two Weeks in Uganda

“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.”

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Resident Scholar Fulfill’s Lifelong Dream

Resident Scholar Fulfill’s Lifelong Dream

“Early in my career I always envisioned providing free medical care in an international setting to disadvantaged populations who need it most. It is my intention to continue to give back internationally in my career where I can provide quality urologic care to patients around the globe. I am deeply grateful to the Bhopal staff and volunteers, IVU Med and its donors, and most importantly the gracious patients I worked with, for giving me the opportunity to take part in something I will remember forever.”

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Get to Know Dr. Joe Costa

Get to Know Dr. Joe Costa

Dr. Joseph Costa has volunteered with IVUmed for almost ten years and has focused his service on teaching urologists in Haiti. Dr. Costa says that over the course of six years he watched surgeons in Haiti progress to skill levels equal to fellowship trained surgeons...

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Countdown to Norfolk!

Countdown to Norfolk!

Our 4th Annual Norfolk Benefit is just around the corner! Have you RSVPed? We would love to see you on September 21st! What to Expect A charitable and fun evening complimented by dinner & drinks, a live auction, and a silent auction. Attire Business. How to Join...

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IVUmed Featured in Local Newspaper

IVUmed Featured in Local Newspaper

A community newspaper, The Sandy Journal, recently published a focus piece on IVUmed. We are incredibly grateful for this coverage and appreciate the opportunity to share our work and the generous contributions of our volunteers and donors. You can read Heather...

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Healthcare in its Purest Form

Healthcare in its Purest Form

Today, we’re honoring Scott Eggener, MD. Dr. Eggener specializes in caring for patients with prostate, kidney, and testicular cancer. His research, focused on urologic cancers, has resulted in more than 200 publications. Beyond this, he’s a dedicated IVUmed volunteer...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Kalota, MD

Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Kalota, MD

IVUmed is proud to feature Susan Kalota, MD on our blog today. Dr. Kalota was the first woman to become a Board certified urologist in Arizona. Beyond being one of IVUmed’s most dedicated volunteers, Dr. Kalota currently serves as the organization’s Board Treasurer....

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Kurt McCammon

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Kurt McCammon

Today, we are featuring Dr. Kurt McCammon, who has volunteered with IVUmed for nearly 15 years and currently serves as our Board Chair. Dr. McCammon is a reconstructive urologist at Urology of Virginia. He was appointed Chairman of the Department of Urology of Eastern...

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Dr. Jeremy Myers Leads Recon Workshop in Rwanda

Dr. Jeremy Myers Leads Recon Workshop in Rwanda

An enthusiastic IVUmed team conducted a reconstructive urology workshop in Kigali, Rwanda from June 1-8, 2019. Dr. Jeremy Myers, former IVUmed Board Member and committed volunteer, led the workshop and was joined by Drs. Hadley Wood, Philip Cheng, & Yooni Ann Yi....

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Francis Schneck

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Francis Schneck

Today, we are featuring our Board Vice Chair and dedicated IVUmed volunteer, Francis Schneck, MD. Dr. Schneck, who is a pediatric urologist, will lead his 20th IVUmed workshop this August when he travels to Uganda. Dr. Schneck has trained surgeons in several countries...

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“Unforgettable. Rewarding. Educational.”

“Unforgettable. Rewarding. Educational.”

Thanks to the generous support of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association, Dr. Fornati Bedell had an incredible experience in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia at State Central Hospital #1. Dr. Bedell shares her experience: “Unforgettable. Rewarding....

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Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Jeremy Myers

Volunteer Spotlight: Dr. Jeremy Myers

Dr. Jeremy Myers, a reconstructive urologist and long-time IVUmed volunteer, is leading a workshop in Kigali, Rwanda this June. Dr. Myers is dedicated to IVUmed’s mission of increasing access to quality urological care. Dr. Myers served on IVUmed’s Board for a number...

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Resident Scholar Kathryn Scott’s Experience in Senegal

Resident Scholar Kathryn Scott’s Experience in Senegal

The week taught me many things and left me wanting to learn even more! I was moved by the extreme gratefulness of not just the patients, but the hospital staff and doctors as well. This is an area in which you can easily see the huge difference being made in the lives of many by just volunteering your time and skills…

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Country Spotlight: Vietnam

Country Spotlight: Vietnam

IVUmed collaborates with partners in more than 20 countries. Vietnam stands out as one of the very first countries IVUmed established relationships in. The first IVUmed workshop in Vietnam was in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1994. Since then, IVUmed volunteers have...

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“Purest Surgical Experience of My Life”

“Purest Surgical Experience of My Life”

In December of 2018 I travelled with Dr. Gopal Badlani and Dr. Dima Raskolnikov to Bhopal, India to participate in the 93rd “Mega Free Urology Camp” sponsored by Jeev Sewa Sansthan (JSS). My time in Bhopal was both challenging and inspiring, and I returned to the US with a renewed sense of purpose and passion for the work we do.

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“Wonderful Opportunity” in Senegal

“Wonderful Opportunity” in Senegal

With the support of Caldera Medical, a three-person IVUmed team, led by Dr. Susan Kalota, traveled to Dakar, Senegal to lead a urogynecology workshop from November 16-25, 2018. Dr. Kalota (urologist) was joined by Dr. Lindsey Kerr (urologist) and Dr. James Daucher...

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“Amazing Opportunity” in Uganda

“Amazing Opportunity” in Uganda

Drs. Eric Richter (urologist) and Edward Cobb (anesthesiologist) led general urology workshops at Fort Portal Government Regional Hospital and Mount Elgon Hospital in Uganda from October 26-November 10, 2018. Dr. Richter has led several IVUmed teams before and served...

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Potential in Mongolia

Potential in Mongolia

An IVUmed team traveled to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for a pediatric urology workshop at the National Center for Maternal and Child Health from October 20-28, 2018. Dr. Carlos Angel (pediatric surgeon) led the team and was joined by Dr. Angela Arlen (pediatric urologist),...

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Teaching and Learning in Mozambique

Teaching and Learning in Mozambique

An IVUmed team traveled to Maputo, Mozambique for a pediatric urology workshop at Hospital Central de Maputo. Drs. Heidi Stephany and Christina Ching led the team and were joined by Tina Zeigler, RN (pediatric nurse), Dr. Christine Ayoub (anesthesiologist), and Dr....

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An Incredible Learning Experience in Mongolia

An Incredible Learning Experience in Mongolia

Dr. Amy Lim shares her experience from Mongolia, which was sponsored by the Society of Urologic Oncology: “I have always been interested in participating in a global health trip. However, unless your home institution has an established global health program, it is...

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Dr. Chip Carnes Shares his Experience in Haiti

Dr. Chip Carnes Shares his Experience in Haiti

Thanks to the outstanding support of the Southeastern Section of the AUA, Dr. Alan Chip Carnes had an excellent experience in Cap Haitien, Haiti where he and his mentor urologists, Dr. Joseph Costa and Dr. Joseph Babiarz, worked with local urologists on reconstructive...

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Read Dr. Prabhakar Mithal’s Insights from Senegal

Read Dr. Prabhakar Mithal’s Insights from Senegal

“Ever since I encountered their booth at AUA as a medical student, I had been hoping to take part in one of IVUmed’s trips. Now, as a 4th year urology resident, the wait was over and I was about to land in Dakar, Senegal – a city and country on a continent to which I...

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Follow our volunteers to Haiti

Follow our volunteers to Haiti

Dr. Frank Burks and his reconstructive urology team just returned from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Later this month, Drs. Joe Costa and Henri Lanctin lead another group to Cap Haitien. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers.  

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