This month, VIGH faculty members and anesthesiologists from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) traveled to Liberia to evaluate medical education and training initiatives. 

VIGH core faculty members Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Marie Martin, Ph.D., M.Ed., assistant professor of Health Policy and VIGH Assistant Director of Education and Training met with the first three ophthalmology residents supported by Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Liberia Program (PEER-Liberia). The goal of the PEER-Liberia grant is to strengthen medical education and increase access to ophthalmology care after the West African Ebola epidemic.

In addition, Drs. Moon and Martin were joined by Matthew Kynes, M.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology, VUMC and Jon Niconchuk, M.D., clinical fellow, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, VUMC to conduct a needs assessment on anesthesia training at the request of the former Minister of Health. Currently, one anesthesiologist and 75 nurse anesthetists serve the country of 4.5 million. 

  • VIGH and VUMC faculty members visit Liberia to survey education and training initiatives.
  • Dr. Martin and Dr. Moon meet with the first three ophthalmology residents at The Liberia Eye Center.
  • The only nurse anesthetist training program in Liberia is at Phebe Hospital.
  • JFK Memorial is the main teaching hospital in Monrovia. Here, Dr. Martin and Dr. Moon meet with VUMC anesthesiologists, Drs. Kynes and Niconchuk.
  • Nurse anesthetists visit with VUMC anesthesiologists.