Run for Loupes:Enhancing Haitian Surgical Resident Education

For: Haitian Surgical Residents
Organizer: Alexis Bowder
Run for Loupes:Enhancing Haitian Surgical Resident Education (Haitian Surgical Residents)
of $5,000 goal.
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The Story

In early 2013, PIH/ZL and the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) opened the Hôpital Universitaire Mirebalais. Located in Mirebalais, 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, the 300-bed national teaching hospital represents the biggest reconstruction project in the health sector launched in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake. The hospital is a national referral hospial and serves 185,000 people in Mirebalais in addition to patients from across the country.

In October of 2014, 14 Haitian residents in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery finished their intern year at the Hôpital Universitaire Mirebalais. Four of these residents are surgical residents who will begin their second year of a five year surgical residency this October.

In the United States a general surgery residency can be considered a marathon. For the first group of HUM surgical residents their intern year was probably more comparable to an ultramarathon. In their first year as surgical residents Rocky, Willy, Jenny and Turenne operated on over 200 cases each. They took call once every four days and often did not have the luxury of being post call and recovering from a night of operating.

In addition to the workload our residents learn how to work with limited resources. Although HUM is one of the best equipped hospitals in a low income country it still lacks a great deal of equipment and resources.  Our residents often rely on the donation of textbooks or educational tools from outside soures.

This November I will be running the Philly Goretex Marathon. Three of my colleagues at HUM will be running the marathon as a fundraiser for Partner's in Health. I am hoping to run the marathon and raise enough funds to buy each second year resident  a pair of surgical loupes before the end of the year. My goal is to be able to present them as a late Christmas gift.

Loupes are used by surgeons to improve their visibility and preciseness during a surgery. In the United States surgical residents are provided with or asked to buy their own pair of surgical loupes. Loupes on average cost around $1000 each.

Any extra funding raised through this website will be donated to Partners in Health in Haiti.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 18, 2014

Posted on November 18, 2014

The Philly marathon is quickly approaching and every small donation makes a difference. In the days leading up to the race I'd like to tell you a little bit more about each one of the second year residents in our program. 

"Willy" or Jean-Louis Willy Fils was one of the first residents I interacted with in Haiti. He is interested in Neurosurgery and is rarely found outside of the hospital. In fact, today, a holiday at the hospital, Willy was  helping out our visiting surgical team until 5 o'clock on his day off. (I added a picture of him working with our Spine team from Ireland to the gallery) 

Wily loves to learn and teach and does so with an incredibly positive attitude. When I do a decent job suturing a wound Willy reassures me that my work was great!  He also takes the time to get to know everyone he works with. Every Monday he asks how my weekend was and how far I have ran and then goes on to ask his other coworkers about their weekends. Today he asked if I was ready for the marathon and wished me luck.

It's during these brief conversations I learn a little bit more about what Willy does when he isn't at the hospital. Willy is an avid soccer fan and loves to play soccer outside and on the playstation The playstation is shared by a number of the residents and he continues to invite me to play FIFA soccer with them on the weekends. After this marathon I plan on taking him up on the offer. 

If you want to find out more about where Willy grew up and what it takes to become a surgical resident in Haiti here is a brief story pubilshed by PIH on Willy.

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