HAITI MEDICAL EDUCATION PROJECT
Our work in curriculum development is based on what is currently available, but our aim is to produce clinicians, medical educations, and healthcare leaders that are trained to the highest standard of medical care and are able to practice to that standard.Our work in curriculum development is based on what is currently available, but our aim is to produce clinicians, medical educations, and healthcare leaders that are trained to the highest standard of medical care and are able to practice to that standard.
Teleconferencing allows high-quality transmission from educators around the world, even with meager internet connectivity; numerous participants at various sites at one time; sharing of lecture slides; and recording of lectures for later viewing.
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
Medical school and other formal training teaches physicians how to care for patients, address societal needs, and be good colleagues (i.e., teaching, administration and leadership); the objective of CME is to maintain these professional standards.
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 and faculty.
Collaborating with the State University Dental school
HME worked with the State University teaching faculty to improve and add to available curricula addressing critical appraisal of the literature, evidence based dental practice, and clinical/quality assurance inquiries. This was accomplished through the usual teaching sessions and added seminars with the faculty. The added goals and the purpose of the seminars are to advance the Dental School’s agenda to encourage its faculty to participate in research and research education, and integrate evidence-based dentistry in clinical practice and curriculum. Though this is still a work in progress our main involvement has been 2013- 2016.
White Coat Ceremony
The white coat worn by physicians symbolizes knowledge, authority, professionalism, and a commitment to healing. Since 1993, nearly 95% of all US medical students have taken part in a White Coat Ceremony in which they receive their first white coat and take their place in the lineage of physicians. In January 2012, HME brought the first-ever White Coat Ceremony to Quisqueya Medical School in Port-au-Prince. Thanks to a grant from the Gold Foundation, a whole class of Haitian medical students received a white coat on January 15, 2012 in a ceremony featuring keynote speaker Dr. William Pape, Director of the GHESKIO Centers (Haitian Study Group on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) and Professor of Medicine at Cornell University in New York.
Computer lab at State University Medical School
HME provided a computer lab and Internet access to Haiti’s State University Medical in accordance with the Dean and Vice Dean's request. This request came in response to the school destruction from the 2010 earthquake. HME shipped 20 state of the art desktop computers, printers, and desk from the US and facilitated a two-day supporting and supervising session with a US computer technical personnel and the medical school computer technician and HME coordinator.