Medical Education and Leadership Development Project (MELD)
Alpert Medical School (AMS) has developed a relationship with the Université Notre Dame d’Haïti (UNDH) and St. Damien Hospital in Tabarre, Haiti to collaborate on a pediatric medical education curriculum for Haitian medical students. The collaboration, called the Medical Education and Leadership Development (MELD) Project, aims to address the unmet need of providing domestic pediatric clinical rotations to Haitian medical students and to develop a sustainable partnership that specifically addresses the needs of the Haitian medical community.
Under the leadership of Drs. Timothy Flanigan, Michael Koster, Lisa Denny, and Beatrice Lechner, the MELD Program continues to engage in bilateral exchange with residents and allied health professionals at UNDH and St. Damien. Dr. Theony Deshommes, a 2011 graduate of UNDH and a Brown trainee originally from Haiti, has been the liaison for Brown and facilitated numerous quality improvement and research programs benefitting Brown University students, residents, fellows and faculty.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital is also a leader within the St. Damien Academic Collaborative, a consortium of 11 North American-based Children’s Hospitals dedicated to building capacity for pediatric care in Haiti at St. Damien Hospital for sick children. The collaborative’s work was summarized in the following publication: Koster MP, Williams JH, Gautier J, Alce R and Trappey BE (2017) A Sustained Partnership between a Haitian Children’s Hospital and North American Academic Medical Centers. Front. Public Health 5:122.