Family Medicine Cares International: 2018 Annual Delegation to Haiti

About the Delegation

Family Medicine Cares International was created to provide sustainable and accessible health care to underserved populations around the world, specifically in impoverished Haiti. The annual Family Medicine Cares International Delegation spent a week in Haiti from February 24 - March 3, 2018, providing much-needed health care services to the people of Haiti, alongside in-country partner Family Health Ministries. The 20-member Delegation split into three distinct teams:

The Delegation: By the Numbers

The 2018 delegation consisted of 20 delegates:

  • 8 returning volunteers
  • 13 family physician volunteers
  • 2 Family Medicine residents
  • 5 non-medical volunteers

Patient Care Team

As part of the Family Medicine Cares International Patient Care component, licensed physicians and residents (under physician supervision) attended to patients at community clinics during the Delegation trip. The Patient Care Team, comprised of 9 family physicians, treated more than 799 patients at two clinic locations. Two residents were able to join this team for a unique experience in both urban and rural medicine settings. In addition, the Patient Care and Service Teams worked together to conduct more than 320 well child exams at a Fondwa school and orphanage. The school then worked with parents to encourage follow up and medication pick up at the closest partner clinic.

Thank you to CompHealth and Dr. David and Karen Smith for providing the FMCI Resident Scholarships.

Medical Education Team

The Medical Education Team, made up of six family physicians, developed and presented two one-day symposia for Family Medicine residents, physicians, and medical students in Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince. The symposia covered the topics of Hypertension, Stroke and Respiratory Conditions & Treatments, which were identified by Haitian residency programs and medical school partners. In addition, the team presented two faculty development sessions for the Family Medicine residency programs in Cap Haitien and Saint Marc, as well as delivered much needed medical equipment and supplies. The symposiums and faculty development sessions touched approximately 90 individuals. A critical part of the team’s schedule included meetings with the medical schools, area physician leaders, and the Ministry of Health in Haiti to discuss future symposia, curriculum, and resource needs, plus a long-term role in supporting the development of Family Medicine in Haiti. In fact, the first Haitian Family Medicine Society meeting was held in May 2018.

Service Team

The Service Team consisted of four non-medical volunteers and one staff member. The team assisted in the clinic, did special activities with children and youth and helped underwrite painting and a new roof for the Family Health Ministries Port-au-Prince Family Medicine clinic.

Thank you to the employees of CompHealth for once again supplying treat bags for over 600 children and funding to purchase books for two schools and orphanages. 

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