In July, 35 residents and faculty from all over the U.S. were at Baystate Medical Center for the 2-day National HEARTT Liberia Pre-Departure Symposium. HEARTT (Health Education and Relief Through Teaching) provides medical expertise and teaching to aid in the rebuilding of Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure after 16 years of civil war. Residents who work in Liberia provide direct patient care and are involved in teaching Liberian interns and students.
According to Dr. Jackson Williams, who has been involved in the project for the last 2 years, this event included training in the Simulation Lab to prepare residents for dealing with critical cases, such as malaria, that are commonly encountered in Liberia.
He says that 4 Baystate residents have worked with HEARTT over the last 3 years and 5 residents plan to work with them in the 2013-2014 academic year.