Our partners at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have created a short video that explains some of our work together, specifically our Wednesday morning lecture series. Thanks to Beth Carroll and the team at D-H for such a great presentation!

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Dr. Galit Sacajiu presented on developing health sciences educational curricula at Rebâte Sante Mentalé’s Third Annual Haitian Mental Health Summit, May 30-31 in Montreal. Haiti has finally passed legislation mandating mental health as part of the primary care system. Now, Dr. Sacajiu and her colleagues are being recognized for their achievements and dedication to improving Haitian healthcare. We are hopeful that HME’s sustainable model for local initiatives will be useful for mental healthcare in the future.

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Please read and share this article from The American Psychiatric Association. There is a long road ahead, but we are making progress!

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http://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/newsarticle.aspx?articleid=1886057

The January 2014 issue of INFO-CHIR deals with medical ethics and end of life care as an important and necessary part of practicing medicine. Please read and share!

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Attendees at the February Nursing Conference

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The HME Project’s Nursing Education Initiative was proud to host a recent conference, “Working Together for the Future of Nursing Education in Haiti,” on Feb. 8 and 9 at the Karibe Hotel in Port-au-Prince. Participants from universities, NGOs, and government agencies were all in attendance for two days of discussion and learning. We’ll have a complete report on the conference coming soon!

The Haiti Medical Education (HME) Project announces the Third Annual Radiology Education Days program from March 24-25 at the Plaza Hotel in Port-Au-Prince. The program will focus on pediatric and MSK imaging, with guest lecturers and hands-on training. The event is sponsored by the American College of Radiology—attendance is limited to the first 120 participants, so please register soon!

Le HME Project annonce le programme tiers annuels radiologie Journées de l’éducation de Mars 24-25 à l’Hôtel Plaza à Port-au-Prince. Le programme sera axé sur l’imagerie pédiatrique et MSK, avec des conférenciers invités et une formation pratique. L’événement est parrainé par l’American College of Radiology-participation est limitée aux 120 premiers participants, donc s’il vous plaît inscrivez-vous bientôt!

More information / Pour plus d’informations: HME Radiology Conference PDF

To register / Pour vous inscrire: HME Radiology Conference Registration Form PDF

4 years ago today, Haiti experienced its most severe earthquake in 200 years. We were stunned by the misery that followed, and inspired by the bravery that surfaced. The need for health care and support increased as medical schools and hospitals were destroyed or severely damaged. The Haiti Medical Education Project has been working in Haiti since 2010 to support and rebuild Haiti’s medical education infrastructure. As the late Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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Again, it must be stated that the work we do is made possible by generosity from people like yourself — change is only made together. In honor and in memory of the events of four years ago, we are challenging all our friends and supporters to contribute $40 to continue the much needed work. Your donation will help us continue in our mission: supporting and empowering Haitians as they seek a better future.

As always, thank you for everything you do.

An update from Haitian medical education: Vol. 2, No. 11:  Technological Advances in Urology and Gynecology

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HME is pleased to introduce our two new staff members, Stuart Fine and Liad Maslaton! With their help, we are continuing to expand rapidly while implementing an innovative strategy in Haiti to improve the medical education system for future generations. Both Stuart and Liad will be joining the HME staff visit to Haiti later this summer.

Stuart Fine is HME’s Social Media Associate. He is currently studying towards a B.S. in Neuroscience at Columbia University. He joined the HME Staff through an internship program in Tenafly High School, and this is now his second summer working here. Prior to HME, he was a research lab assistant at Columbia University Medical Center and co-authored a paper on mutations in pancreatic cancer. Stuart Fine currently resides in Tenafly, NJ and is excited to visit Haiti in August to see the work that HME has done rebuilding and revitalizing Haiti’s medical education system. His current role includes communication and outreach, as well as maintaining and improving HME’s website and other social media platforms.

Liad Maslaton is HME’s Administrative Assistant. He is currently studying towards a B.A. in psychology and French from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to joining the HME Project, Liad joined a software Smart-QC development team and assisted in performing functional testing of their website; Smart-QC focuses on enhancing the efficiency of pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Merck, and Teva. He is currently a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and is looking to apply to medical school in the near future. Liad Maslaton resides in Tenafly, NJ, and is determined to help improve the medical standards of education in Haiti. He currently manages the Wednesday Morning Lecture series, including finding lecturers, translators, and coordinating the event, as well as helping out with additional administrative duties.

 

In this week’s blog post, Dr. Marc discusses a 58-year-old patient admitted to Hospital Saint-Nicolas with a breast tumor, and why many Haitians in rural areas rely on “Rougans” or divine power to heal their illnesses. — Stuart Fine, HME Social Media Intern

This is the story of a 58-year-old woman seen and admitted to the emergency room at the Hospital Saint-Nicolas this week. She had presented at the beginning of 2011, a small mass of about 2 centimeters in her left breast, palpable and painful. She had been to several hospitals where a surgical intervention had been recommended to her each time. However, out of fear of losing her breast she preferred to pray for a cure. Having no improvement, she finally decided to come to HSN at the beginning of April 2013.  She had a mass occupying all of her left breast, deeply penetrating, painful with orange skin and necrotic ulcers. We thought it was a breast tumor and a biopsy confirmed the clinical impression.

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Our blogger Dr. Marc Jhonson is back with thoughts on the first few months of his service year at Saint Marc. He discusses current public health issues including motorcycle accidents, domestic violence, and chronic health problems in Haiti. — Stuart Fine, HME Social Media Intern

In the social service year, which I’m currently doing, we rotate between the different services (internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB/GYN, ambulatory care clinic) and the emergency room (ER). That means after each month or two in those services, we spend 1 or 2 months in the ER, so during the course of the year, we spend a total of 5 or 6 months in the ER. There are three shifts during the day (8 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 8 pm, and an overnight shift of 8 pm to 8 am) with 1 or 2 residents in social service.

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