Volunteering, Learning, and Teaching
Dr. Curington has been fortunate to be able to learn from many sources. He has done medical exchanges in France, Malta, New Zealand, and Mexico, as well as vasectomy-specific exchanges in Canada, Thailand, Kenya, Colombia, Bolivia, Zambia, and the Philippines. “From each of these experiences, I have learned so much. I am especially thankful for the teaching from Dr. Michel Labrecque, Dr. Ramon Suarez, and Dr. Douglas Stein. Each of these great vasectomists have shaped my career and helped me along in my goal to give patients the best possible vasectomy.” Dr. Curington has especially enjoyed his international volunteer work for NSVI (No-Scalpel Vasectomy International). He has participated in overseas volunteer missions to bring free no-scalpel vasectomies to responsible men who want to control family size, but have limited resources to afford vasectomy on their own. Dr. Curington also participates in and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for World Vasectomy Day.
Dr. John Curington and Dr. Michel Labrecque were invited to teach the gentle no-scalpel vasectomy technique to a dedicated group of physicians who work in urology and reproductive health in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia.
Dr. John Curington traveled to Thailand with the World Vasectomy Day team to share information about vasectomy at the ICFP (the International Conference in Family Planning). Along with his colleague, Alison Hoover, MPH, Dr. Curington presented a talk called “Testicle Festival: FAQs on vasectomies and building successful vasectomy programs.” They also presented a poster presentation about training vasectomy providers in Bolivia.
Dr. John Curington and Dr. Michel Labrecque were invited to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, to teach a group of young physicians how to perform gentle, quick, minimally-invasive vasectomy. The two senior trainers were hosted by MSI (Marie Stopes International), a global non-profit that provides contraception for millions of people across the world.
Dr. John Curington and Dr. Doug Stein traveled to Bogota, Colombia as part of a team with NSVI (No-Scalpel Vasectomy International) and WVD (World Vasectomy Day). Dr. Curington and Dr. Stein delivered talks at the University of Los Andes, as well as working with physicians from around the world to teach and promote the gentle, no-scalpel vasectomy technique for the benefit of men and families in South America.