First day of class

Today we hear from team leader Lisbet Hanson on the very first day of lectures at St Damien Hospital:

“A long day!

We have a great day reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones.

The church at St Damien

The church at St Damien

As previously, the lectures and discussions were stimulating and interesting. Lectures started at 8:30 AM after mass in the chapel with Fr Rick. (One stretcher before the alter held 5 small bodies wrapped in their funeral shrouds. As Gitte said, it was a reminder of why we are here; to help improve pregnancy outcomes.)

Trainees in class

Trainees in class

It was a day of OB lectures. This course is about applying ultrasound skills to clinical situations, i.e. now that they can get the measurements and make the diagnoses what do they do with that information?

Senior trainees Dr Davilmar, Dr Dupont and Dr Lemaire

Senior trainees Dr Davilmar, Dr Dupont and Dr Lemaire

Dr Lemaire gives a lecture on the basic ultrasound exam

Dr Lemaire gives a lecture on the basic ultrasound exam

Three of our Haitian colleagues gave excellent presentations as did Dr Fouron, Ellen and Bettina.

Trainees and their textbooks

Trainees and their textbooks

Lunch at Francisville

Lunch at Francisville

Because of the discussions and a late lunch at a local restaurant, we had to postpone two lectures until tomorrow.

Dr Fouron lectures on basic cardiac anatomy

Dr Fouron lectures on basic cardiac anatomy

Ellen gives a lecture

Ellen gives a lecture

Enrico again wowed us with his culinary skills at dinner. Our housing arrangements are definitely an upgrade this year – no tents and only 2 to a room instead of the dormitory style. There is a large crack under our door to the outdoors. Enrico says it is so the bugs can get out.

Nightfall over Port-au-Prince

Nightfall over Port-au-Prince

Now off to bed as the day starts early here!”

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