Medical Students for Haiti - Peer Lecturing Program at Université Quisqueya, Haiti

General Project Information
Type of Project: 
Other (specify below)
Other Type: 
Education/Community Work - Teaching Anatomy/Biochemistry to Haitian Medical students
Date of Experience: 
06/28/2013 to 07/22/2013
Project Description: 

Medical Students for Haiti (MS4H - is a network of medical students from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Stanford University and McGill University; the goal of this collaboration is to contribute to the Haitian medical community while understanding the limitations and challenges of the healthcare and educational system at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A global network of medical students with a special interest in promoting the health and welfare of the Haitian people, MS4H enables members to make empowering, enduring contributions to the betterment of Haiti and Haitian communities worldwide. The MS4H Anatomy/Biochem program normally spans 5 weeks and the university much prefers if visiting peer lecturer's stay for at least two weeks. Please see for more detail

Student Experience
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Description of Student Experience: 

I set forth on an adventure towards Port-au-Prince Haiti in July 2013 with three colleagues, where we gave Medical Anatomy and Biochemistry lectures (in French) to medical students at the Faculty of Medicine of Université Quisqueya. Working with the Dean of Medicine and Head Anatomy Professor I lead a group of 22 Quisqueya medical students in a collaborative learning approach to Anatomy and Biochemistry. My colleagues and I introduced the students to new clinical cases and radiology imaging and further enhanced their learning experience by establishing small groups after each Anatomy lecture. The lecturer to student ratio dropped from 1:80 to 1:20 and thus the intimate group size further enhanced the learning process.

Please note the project spanned end of June and the month of July 2013 as McGill University's MS4H division accepted two Haitian medical students into the McGill Medicine Anatomy Prosection program on real cadavers. Thus the project was between Montreal and Haiti and before leaving for the trip I was part of a group of McGill students who helped facilitate our Haitian visitors' transition in Montreal and McGill. 

Organization Information
Name of Organization: 
Medical Students for Haiti
Description of Site: 
Université Quisqueya
Main Language Spoken: 
Creole & French
Other Language(s) Spoken: 
English (few people)
Other Information
Funding Source: 
No funding except for insurance paid for by MS4H
Program Cost: 
Ticket + stay = 1,600 approximately
Level of Experience Necessary: 
Medical Student who has completed at least Med-1
Hours Worked per Week: 
30 hours
Dress Code: 
Travel Details: 
Delta airlines trip MTL to JFK then Port-au-Prince. Very expensive ticket ~1,250 USD
Housing Details: 
Guest house of the Dean of Medicine at Université Quisqueya
Essential Items to Bring: 
Insect repellent spray Go to Health services and get the necessary vaccines and prescriptions for the trip.

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