I recently returned from the Third International Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer Workshop and am excited about the potential applications. You may be understandingly skeptical about how improv relates to medicine-I certainly was when I first came across the workshop. But after attending, I feel there are a multitude of applications for medical improv and give you my Top Five. Read more... »
Haiti is the most dangerous country in which to give birth in the Western Hemisphere. The lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 83. 94% of women are cared for by matrons or family members instead of skilled attendants.The infant mortality rate stands at 350 deaths per 100,000 births, compared to the U.S. rate of 12.7 deaths. Many people in Haiti do not have access to basic medical care and clean water. At times, even the hospital goes without electricity and running water. A non-profit organization, Midwives for Haiti, has a vision to change current conditions so that all Haitian women will have access to prenatal care and deliver with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant.
On June 3rd, 37 staff and 28 faculty from 15 locations across DFM participated in an Opportunities Conference to problem solve around seven operational issues that can and must be addressed as they stand in the way of our efforts to create a more ideal future. Mercedes Alonso, consultant from the Napier Group, presented these as the pillars or supports for the strategic plan. Read more... »