MBINGO BAPTIST HOSPITAL, CAMEROON
Mission: Cameroon Baptist Convention
Profile: Mbingo Baptist Hospital (MBH) is in the rural mountainous northwest region of Cameroon. Most of the year there are waterfalls along the south rock walls of the valley. In spite of the mountains, the land is very productive and starvation and malnutrition are rare. The hospital was founded as a leprosarium in 1952, but has grown into a multiservice referral center for much of Cameroon. MBH is completely African run, and is managed by the Health Board of the Cameroon Baptist Convention.
MBH has 300 beds allocated as follows:
- Male medical (30)
- TB isolation (6)
- Pediatrics (20 + 6 isolation beds for pediatric oncology)
- Surgical (65)
- Maternity (25)
- Hanson’s Disease/Chronic Wound Ward (30)
- Orthopedics (48)
- Adult private rooms (9)
- Female adult (30)
- Intensive Care Unit (7)
- Ophthalmology (20)
More bed space is planned to exceed 400 beds in the next 2 years.
MBH does more than 10,000 operations per year in the Main OR, which does not include endoscopy and minor surgeries done in the surgical clinic and outpatient department. Surgical cases include some component of all major subspecialties, including what is traditionally thought of as general surgery, but also orthopedics, OB-GYN, pediatric surgery, urology, ENT, head and neck, oral maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, trauma, burns, oncology, non-cardiac thoracic, peripheral vascular, and plastics/reconstruction surgery. Trauma and other emergent surgical conditions have become a major part of the surgical service as these services are not readily available in most of the country. The major medical conditions include complications of TB, HIV, gastrointestinal disorders, a vast array of malignancies, and tropical diseases. Many patients present late in their illnesses. In addition to the five year PAACS surgical residency and the one-year Head and Neck Fellowship, the hospital hosts a four year internal medicine residency (Christian Internal Medicine Specialists – CIMS), as well as formal training programs for house officers, nurse screeners, and nurse practitioners.
Time Difference: +5 hours DST ahead of Eastern time, +6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time
Language: Pidgin English is the primary language of the hospital, although numerous local Cameroonian languages are also spoken. French is helpful but not necessary to function well here. All the hospital staff speak English well.
Climate: There are two seasons- dry and rainy. The dry season is between early November and the end of March. The rainy seaon is from early April until the end of October, with some overlap between the seasons. Evenings can be cool- low 50’s- but most days are mild.
Housing: Accommodations are in a guesthouses or duplexes. There is also a hostel that provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for guests.
Resident Applications: To find out additional information about becoming a resident or to download an application form, please click here.
Program Director: Dr. Jim Brown
Asst. Program Director: Dr. Jacques Angundru Ebhele
Additional Faculty – General Surgery: Dr. Debbie Eisenhut (GS); Dr. Jacques Ebhele (GS); Dr. Evaristus Acha (ENT); Dr Richard Bardin (Path & IM); Dr. Chris Nana (Orthopaedics); Dr. Mark Snell (GS)
Program Faculty – Head & Neck Fellowship: Dr. Wayne Koch, Program Director (H&N)
Began Training Residents: 2006