By Kathryn Sloniowski
The Faculty of Medicine is playing a key role in helping Haiti improve its quality of health care by helping improve medical education programs in the country. Dr. Genevieve Poitevien, dean of the University of Quisqueya’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Port-au-Prince, was on (The University of Calgary) campus Oct. 5 to discuss the collaboration.
The 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, as well as the preceding flooding, illustrated that the country was unprepared in terms of medical readiness. “There the doctors were, with few reactive skills,” says Poitevien. “To do something for the real people, how to handle that step by step, was far from being there.”
Poitevien says the ultimate goal for medical education in Haiti is to bring it to international standards. She says it’s important that medical professionals stay connected with what happens in Haiti and the country’s unique medical needs.
Jennifer Hatfield, associate dean of Global Health and International Partnerships in the Faculty of Medicine, emphasizes the importance of creating medical education that is community focused and culturally relevant.