Saturday, June 4, 2016

Back to Port-au-Prince

We are on our way back to Port-au-Prince. We will be working to assist the radiology residents with more didactic lectures and hands-on training as they prepare to provide a broader array of imaging services in the near future. 

Joining us on this journey will be Drs. Douglas Rusty Brown, Ernst Garcon, Jennifer Nicholas, Julie Franz and Patricia Lacy Gandor, RDMS. We will be introducing breast imaging for the first time on this trip.

Last year several of our faculty returned to Haiti and were able to conduct an outstanding program for the residents despite some on-the-ground challenges. I am truly in awe of our volunteers. They work selflessly throughout the year to assist in building a radiology footprint in Haiti. I am also in awe of the young Haitian radiology residents whose thirst for knowledge and making a difference in their homeland are commendable. Finally I want to thank Sonosite which once again has provided loaner portable ultrasound machines for our trip. 

In just five years, Haiti is in the process of doubling the number of radiologists trained specifically to increase the expertise of imaging in the country. I want to thank our friends at Imaging4Change and Rad-Aid International for their contributions to this effort.

Finally, I want to thank my colleagues Lauren Alfero and Catherine Jones who made this trip possible. Your contributions to making this a reality are invaluable. We couldn't have put this together without you!

It is time to reacquaint with old friends and establish new relationships as we begin the next chapter in our journey. We hope it will be a successful trip.

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