Attendees at the February Nursing Conference

Attendees at the workshop

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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Our blogger Dr. Marc Jhonson is back with some thoughts on the social service year that all Haitian medical graduates are required to complete before beginning their residency. Dr. Marc is currently doing his social service year. — Tara Anderson, HME Project Communications Director

The “social service year” for Haitian medical graduates needs a new definition.

In Haiti, medical education usually includes 5 years of study at school, one year of internship in which the interns rotate through 11 services (surgery, orthopedics, OB/GYN, ophthalmology and ENT, dermatology, urology, pulmonology, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency and ambulatory care) and one month of community medicine. This plan is mostly for the State University of Haiti (UEH), which is not too different from the private universities, with a few months of externship service for Quisqueya University and Lumière University, and an additional year before internship for Notre Dame University (UNDH). After the internship year, all doctors are required to complete a year of social service before obtaining their medical license. Then, new doctors can continue working as general practitioners or choose a specialty over 3 or 4 years. At first, the social service year was only a requirement for medical professionals (doctors, pharmacists, dental surgeons, etc.) coming from the State University but, over time, the Health Ministry (La Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population or MSPP) has also required graduates of private schools and those who graduated outside Haiti to do a social service year. (more…)

hinche nursing photoAt the HME Project, we often share with you our work with medical students and residents, because we believe that growing the next generation of Haitian physicians is crucial to Haiti’s future. However, we also recognize the importance of other medical personnel, including nurses. We have recently begun the HME Nursing Project to extend our efforts toward improving nursing education and skills throughout the country.

The goal of the HME Nursing Project is to preserve and further the education of Haitian nurses, particularly nursing students, practicing nurses, auxiliary nurses and nursing aides, working in alliance with Haitian medical and nursing leadership, faculty, and students. We aim to restore and build upon the infrastructure and curriculum of Haitian medical and nursing schools and programs.  (more…)

Today we’re happy to introduce our new blogger, Dr. Marc Jhonson, who will be sharing his thoughts and experiences weekly. Dr. Marc is a native of Port-de-Paix, Haiti, a city in the northwest of the country. He graduated from medical school at the State University of Haiti in December 2012. All Haitian medical graduates are required to complete a “social residency” year after graduation, and Dr. Marc is currently working at the St.-Nicolas Hospital in St.-Marc, Haiti, until he begins his internal medicine residency in November 2013.

We are delighted to have Dr. Marc with us. This week, he talks about the need for disaster training for Haitian medical personnel.  – Tara Anderson, HME Project Communications Director

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On January 12th, 2010, we saw the weakness of Haitian health care system. The day after the earthquake, it was difficult for Haitian physicians to provide care to the victims because of a lack of skill in this kind of disaster and a lack of infrastructure. Physicians from all over came to help and saved many lives. We believe that without them, many more would have died. However, the ministry of health should have a long term plan in place to provide health care to the Haitian people and prepare the health system to respond to this kind of disaster. The ministry should coordinate the work of the NGOs in the areas where health care is needed even more after the earthquake. 

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