Third-year residents have the opportunity to travel to locations that our program has partnerships with during their elective block. Destinations vary based on current international events. Please contact Dr. Rahel Nardos, Director of Global Women's Health, for the most up-to-date information. Learn more about Dr. Nardos's global health engagements here. She can be reached by email at or by phone at 612-626-3111.


Our faculty in Obstetrics and Gynecology have long standing partnerships with two universities in Ethiopia. At St. Paul Millineum Medical College in Addis Ababa, our faculty is involved in supporting the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship training program which has successfully graduated some of the first fellowship-trained Gynecologic Oncologists in Ethiopia. At Mekelle University, our faculty support the urogynecology fellowship training program which is in partnership with Hamlin Fistula Hospital, as well as supporting partnerships with US-based NGOs. This fellowship, which is one of the first of its kind in Ethiopia, has graduated multiple fellows and currently provides ongoing training. Aside from the fellowship training, our faculty is involved in various health systems strengthening activities at Ayder hospital, the teaching hospital of Mekelle University. Ayder hospital is a 470-bed tertiary care hospital with a large volume of high risk patients. It is the second largest hospital in Ethiopia. 

Mekelle University is a large institution encompassing seven colleges over five campuses. The College of Health and Sciences at Mekelle University includes training programs in medicine, midwifery, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, anesthesia, and biomedical sciences. The University started an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program through a collaboration with a number of universities and international healthcare organizations and has since grown the size of the department substantially.


University of Minnesota is formalizing our existing partnership with Botswana University, which will now include the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Anesthesiology; and General Surgery. This partnership will be primarily focused on educational collaboration to facilitate the joint growth of our residency training programs within these departments. In OBGYN, we hope to support faculty development--particularly in subspeciality training--as well as resident training in the newly-established OBGYN residency training program at Princess Marina (PMH), the teaching hospital of University of Botswana. PMH is the largest referral hospital in Botswana, located in Gaborone. It has 530 inpatient beds. It is a high volume institution that serves 10% of Botswana’s population and has 6000 deliveries per year. This partnership will allow our learners and faculty to engage in meaningful global health education, service, and research. We will work collaboratively with other global health partners of Botswana University. Click here for information about resident/faculty engagement in Botswana.


Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR
Director, Global Women's Health
Phone: 612-626-3111
Twitter: @rahel_nardos