Medical Education Volunteer Program

Welcome to the ServeHAITI Continuing Medical Education Volunteer Program

As you already know, ServeHAITI operates a 24 hour, seven-day a week Health Center in rural Grand Bois, servicing approximately 1,000 patients per month.

Our staff includes our Medical Director, Dr. Bourgouin, an associate physician, one to two resident physicians-in-training, two registered nurses, several nurse aides, a social worker, a pharmacy technician, a registration clerk, and other support staff (including community health workers and cholera tent techs).

Medical volunteers can help enrich the knowledge and experience of our resident and field staff by participating in a systems-based continuing medical education (CME) program.

The goals of the program are to improve the overall quality of care in our rural hospital and provide a strong educational and training environment for our health professionals.   We believe this is a collaborative process.  The CME program will allow our staff to interact, teach and learn from visiting medical volunteers.

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Program Overview:

Select volunteer physicians, nurses and other medical personnel will travel to Grand Bois and offer educational and clinical sessions on-site at the Health Center.

Content: Medical volunteers will prepare lesson plans and exercises in conjunction with input from US Medical Director, Dr. Charmaine Lewis and/or Dr. Joanne A. McGriff.  The following are suggested areas of focus:

  • Cardiology
  • Radiology
  • Nursing Skills
  • Pulmonology
  • Obstetrics
  • Infectious Disease
  •  Gynecology
  • Gastroenterology
  •  Endocrine
  • Nutrition
  •  Psychiatry

Didactic sessions will be followed by bedside teaching on clinical rounds when possible.

Implementation:  Various teaching methods are possible at our Health Center, ranging from simple chalk to power-point presentations via projectors.  The Center is also equipped with an EKG machine, ultrasound machine and digital X-ray that can be used during bedside teaching.  Instructors generally teach for 3-5 days to all available personnel.  Translation from English to French (or Haitian Creole) is performed by Dr. Bourgouin or paid translators.

Certification: A certificate will be awarded to Health Center employees who attend all sessions of each CME course.  Certificates are filed in employee charts and will be considered in their annual review.

Donations Needed for CME

  • French Medical Textbooks
  • French Consultation Room Charts and Diagrams
  • French Medical Study aids (flashcards, workbooks, etc)
  • Hand Held Devices (loaded with PDRs, textbooks) – please ensure language feature
  • Prior CME Projects:  (please click on these pdfs)
  • OB-GYN / Ultrasound – Dr. Michael Grady
  • Radiology – Dr. Andrew Curtin
  • Cardiology
  • Physical Therapy

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering to teach a CME course.