SURGICAL TRAINING IN HAITI
Leading surgeons from across the United States travel to Haiti to build the capacity of local ENT surgeons. The trainers utilize a mixed-methods approach, which comprises of lectures, hands-on workshops, and shoulder-to-shoulder surgical operations, to ensure comprehensive learning.
Local surgeons not only gain skills and knowledge to conduct operations, but they also receive ongoing mentorship with the international surgeons through our innovative WhatsApp telemedicine group.
Hopital d l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti | Port-au-Prince, Haiti | June 11 – 13, 2018
Number of Residents: 60
Modules: Craniomaxillofacial trauma; abdomen and retroperitoneum; chest, neck and extremity trauma
Methods: Lectures, practical workshops, OR cases
Faculty: Dr. Mack Cheney, Dr. David Shaye, Dr. Deepika Nehra, Dr. Robert Riviello, Dr. Travis Tollefson, Dr. Katherine Albutt
Test Score Improvement: TBD
Hopital d l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti | Port-au-Prince, Haiti | October 3 – 6, 2017
Number of Residents: 8 (2nd and 3rd years)
Modules: Ear reconstruction
Methods: Lectures, videos, practical workshops, OR cases
Faculty: Dr. Mack Cheney, Dr. Jennifer Kim, Dr. Tessa Hadlock, Dr. Joseph Dusseldorp
Test Score Improvement: 54% written, 62% oral, 65% practical
RESEARCH AND POLICY
WhatsApp Messenger technology complemented a reconstructive surgery education module in Haiti. It provides opportunities for premodule patient screening, real-time discussion, and postmodule review. Its usage was well-received by Haitian otolaryngology trainees and faculty. Our results suggest that the combination of didactic teaching, simulated surgery, and live surgery resulted in successful transfer of both skills and knowledge.