Medical Education Team
The Medical Education team spent seven days in Haiti working to directly impact the future of family medicine. The Medical Education team held a day-long symposium in two locations, one in Cap Haitien and one in Port au Prince, to provide specialized continuing education for Haitian doctors and health care providers. The symposium topics focused on cardiovascular disease. The team also held meetings with the two family medicine residency programs in Haiti, the Deans of the four medical schools in Haiti, the Ministry of Health (MSPP), and the U.S. Embassy to discuss the future of Family Medicine. The Medical Education team consisted of the following family physicians and AAFP members (pictured with Dr. Andre Vulcain of the Haiti Project):
- Dr. Mary Jo Welker – Delegation Lead, AAFP Foundation President
- Dr. Anna Doubeni
- Dr. Laura Knobel
- Dr. Evelyn Lewis&Clark – AAFP Foundation Board Trustee
- Dr. William Markle
- Dr. Jane Weida – AAFP Foundation Vice President
Brenda Cherpitel of the AAFP Foundation served as Staff Lead for the Medical Education team and the Family Medicine Cares International program.
Patient Care Team
The Patient Care team spent their time in Haiti treating more than 600 patients from two weeks to 92 years of age. They worked at five different clinics and an orphanage throughout the region and saw a number of conditions. They were able to see over 100 children one of the days for well-child exams. This is not something that normally happens in Haiti and was considered very rewarding for all involved. The physicians were able to treat a number of patients that had been seen previously at the clinics and were impressed by the continuity of care that they were able to achieve in such remote locations. The Patient Care team consisted of the following family physicians and AAFP members:
- Dr. Ainee Ahmed
- Dr. Julie Anderson
- Dr. Denis Chagnon
- Dr. Michelle Jones – AAFP Foundation Board Trustee
- Dr. Jacobo Rivero
- Dr. Dave Smith
- Dr. Kimberly Tjaden
The Service Team also drove to Fondwa Orphanage and School to visit the children, deliver clothing and soccer balls, and see the kitchen renovation project which was funded by the AAFP Staff.
This group also helped out at the Bel Air Clinic by completing improvements to the clinic facilities such as painting and staining the remodeled triage area, the new enclosed pharmacy area, and improved bathroom facilities. All projects were funded by the AAFP Foundation. The Service Team consisted of the following individuals:
- Lloyd Welker – Volunteer Lead
- Douglas MacLean, CEO, Pharmavite
- Haley Maclean
- Taylor MacLean
- Christen Moburg, Associate Director, Advocacy, MedImmune
- Karen Smith
Lori Foley of the AAFP Foundation served as Staff Lead for the Team.
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If you would like to be part of this rewarding work in Haiti, please consider making a donation. Through your donation to Family Medicine Cares International, you are making a difference in helping those in need, at home and around the world.