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.