On April 23rd, students and faculty from Emory Medishare will be in Orlando, Florida presenting a poster at the Association for Surgical Education. The presentation will highlight the new “Surgery and Global Health” MS4 elective. In June 2012, six 4th year medical students spent 21 days in Haiti as part of this elective (in which six 3rd year and four 2nd year students also participated for 7 days each). The poster can be downloaded at the following URL: http://medstudenttrips.org/resources/publications/.
The annual Medicine trip over Thanksgiving week was a wonderful experience for all involved. Below is a testimonial from one of the trip leaders, Lindel:
After this trip, I remembered why I had wanted to come back to Haiti. With trip date changes and difficulty recruiting doctors and students to go on a Thanksgiving medical trip to Haiti, there had been times of hesitation about continuing, but I’m so glad we didn’t give up on this trip. The core team consisting of 8 students, 2 physicians, and 2 translators worked so well together and alongside the Haitian doctors and translators. We were able to support Project Medishare in their role in the community through mobile clinics, and were even able to help a few patients with emergency transportation to the nearest hospital. We also learned a lot. We learned about the Haitian people, their community, their schools, their sources of food and water, their way of living. We learned about the limits of rural/mobile medicine. We learned about how Medishare works to further its health goals for Haiti under the Ministry of the Health. Trip highlights included:
- “Continuity of care”
- our pediatrician seeing a family she had seen the year before
- seeing a child, from the year before, with a cleft lip and palate, still surviving
- seeing patients’ charts filled with the last few years of health visits
- Making a difference
- Being able to provide emergency transportation to the hospital for a man with CHF exacerbation, a women going into labor, and a young man with a dangerous eye infection
- Making the diagnosis of cervical cancer in a patient in clinic and being able to give her referral to a hospital for treatment
- Having one of our team members, Bryan Goolsby, help teach an English class to local Haitians
- Being serenaded by the “Troubadour of Thomonde” and experiencing other local flavor
- Seeing the incredible amount of joy provided to a group of school children when provided with something as a simple as a small soccer ball by one of our translators, Mason.
All in all, it was a great trip to Haiti. We arrived there and back home safely, we helped patients, we helped Medishare, we learned a lot, and we had fun doing it all.
Below are some images that were submitted by Cathy and Francois please enjoy.
The efforts of the Emory Medishare Surgery Trip have recently been featured in the Emory Surgery Newsletter! Congratulations to everyone involved for your hard work and dedication!
There were many exciting changes to the structure of the Surgery trip this year, most notably moving from a 1 week trip to a 4 week Senior elective that also involved two 1 week trips for 2nd and 3rd year medical students. It was a very exciting year for all involved.
See the article below:
The surgery trip M3s are presenting the Surgery Grand Rounds this Thursday, Oct. 20th at 6:45 am in the E Wing Auditorium of EUH (2nd floor). Feel free to attend their presentation!
Good luck to the M3s!
Questions? E-mail Lee Hugar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leilah Zahedi at email@example.com.
The 2011 Emory Medishare Women’s Health Trip is giving a lecture at this week’s Family Planning Series for the Department of OB/GYN at Grady.
The lecture will be happening on Wednesday, September 14th from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm in FOB 103 at Grady Hospital for all or anyone who is interested in attending.
The 2011 Women’s Health Trip focused its efforts on reproductive health training and helping to promote family planning during their time in Haiti. Several of the students who attended received credit toward their OB/GYN rotation for their efforts and their investment in the betterment of women’s health in Haiti.
See you Wednesday!
The 2011 Emory Medishare Surgery trip was a huge success. Over the course of five and a half days, our team performed life altering operations on 30 patients. Thanks to Project Medishare’s organization and radio announcements, our patients were able to travel from all across Haiti to receive surgical care. Hernias were repaired. Prostates and other masses were removed. Two lives were saved; one from the clutches of sepsis and the other from a traumatic machete injury to the arm.
In addition to bringing specialized surgical care to the undeserved of the Haitian Central Plateau, we gained invaluable hands-on training in the operating rooms and on the wards. Every Emory student provided stellar patient care, taking great pride in the difference they were making in their patient’s lives. The amount of learning crammed into that one week undoubtedly has had a profound impact on everyone that participated in the trip. Our lessons came courtesy of our fantastic patients, dedicated faculty and extremely hard working nurses. Most of all, the second and third year medical students, working together, taught one another constantly throughout the week. A strong core of underclassmen are already stepping up to lead next year’s trip. In 2012, Emory Medishare will continue to make strides toward providing specialized surgical care in the central plateau.
The Emory group returned home from Haiti after their seven-day Medical trip. The trip consisted of setting up mobile medical clinics throughout the Central Plateau of Haiti. The team consisted of 10 students, 4 physicians, and 4 interpreters. They were able to successfully treat hundreds of patients. Below are some student quotes about the experience and pictures from the trip:
“One week in Haiti felt infinitely longer than that, and I mean that in the best possible sense. Our days were long and packed full to the brim, and best of all, meaningful.” – Cathy McDermott, M2
“I am totally honored and inspired to have been part of this group, and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to go. ” – Cathy McDermott, M2
“The “life changing” patients — the ones that have decompensated heart failure, glomerulonephritis, severe infection, early stage dementia, failure to thrive, or AIDS — that maybe 1-5% we see, we can help them. We might not be able to be the hospitalist administering their care, but we can make sure they get that referral, that money, that transportation to get to a hospital and get taken care of. And you know what? That 1-5% makes it completely worth it.” – Lindel Krige Dewberry, M2
In April 2011, two 1st year Medical students and six 3rd year Medical students traveled to Haiti with 2 physicians to work in the clinic in Haiti’s Central Plateau with a focusing on Obstetrical and Gynecological care. They provided family planning care, gynecological care, and rural primary care. Beyond giving basic medical care the students and physicians worked with Medishare Community Health Workers to educate them on the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in pregnancy. Below are a few pictures documenting the team and their work. Enjoy!
This trip was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the students so thank you to hard work of the students and all of their donors for contributing to the cause!