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Jan 15, 2014

U.S. medical practitioners do emergency medicine residency training at the K.H.M.H.

Prior to the press conference by the Ministry of Health on the reports of Influenza A H-one N-one, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital held an informal press briefing to introduce a new two-year residency program for emergency medicine and response. The initiative, called the Belize Emergency Development Program, has been years in the making and is a partnership between the national referral hospital, the Ministry of Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Today, the media met a team of thirteen doctors, nurses and paramedics from the medical college who will be training along with the local staff at the K.H.M.H. The inaugural visit is being led by Doctor Mark Bruce, who says that team effort is critical in emergency medicine response.


Dr. Mark Bruce, Team Leader

Mark Bruce

“The focus of this is elevating the status of the specialty of emergency medicine and we have identified many of the A&E Physicians that are passionate about this also. They have been engaged for the last two week in training that has included didactics lectures in which they have participated and that they have presented cases and then we talked about those cases in lectures.  In addition to that, each one of our faculty has worked alongside their counterparts: the paramedics at birth, the A&E nurses and the A&E doctors. We’ve worked with them and they are assigned shifts; been a resource to them, answered questions and we’ve learned as much from them as we’ve imparted to them in terms of our knowledge. This is the beginning of a two year modular curriculum and the design of this is to have multiple teams from the medical college of Wisconsin return to Belize and to do similar type of work. The next team will be here in May of this year and then again in October of this year. The cycle will repeat itself again. I will be bringing this team back again next January 2015 and again in April of 2015 from the Medical College in Wisconsin and then again in October.”

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