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Member Spotlight: Medical Education and Training in Haiti

Michael T. McCurdy, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FAAEM, is associate professor in the Departments of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, codirector of the Emergency Medicine/ Internal Medicine/Critical Care Medicine Training Program, and director of the Vascular Access Department at the University of Maryland Medical Center, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He also volunteers in Haiti.

Dr. McCurdy initially became involved in Haiti in early 2012, about two years after the devastating earthquake and cholera epidemic that took an enormous toll on the country’s people and infrastructure. While in Port-au-Prince, he connected with colleagues at St. Luke’s Hospital (stlukehaiti.org), an adult hospital founded in 2000 out of necessity and built using generous gifts from donors.

Dr. McCurdy later hosted St. Luke’s team members Marc E. Augustin, MD, and Nathalie Colas, MD, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore to allow them to rotate with various medical specialists and gain some insight into ways to approach the challenges they were encountering at their hospital in Haiti. Drs. Augustin and Colas now direct the medical facilities at St. Luke’s and continue to push the medical research and educational agendas started years ago, including hosting the annual Haitian Acute Care and Emergency Care Conference (haecc.org) for all Haitian medical providers, which is the first of its kind in the country.

“Having worked in many resource-limited countries before, I realized that what I personally could best offer was medical education and training to their physicians and nurses,” said Dr. McCurdy. “I recognized that developing clinical research in that environment would serve as a strong foundation upon which we could determine how to optimally utilize the limited available medical resources to achieve the maximum positive impact on the health of the community.” As a way to achieve this goal, he co-created the Maryland CC Project to improve medical education for physicians and nurses in Haiti and throughout the world.

Learn more about the Maryland CC Project at Maryland.CCProject.com.
 


As part of its special Giving Issue, the Society of Critical Care Medicine sought to profile members of the critical care community who are giving back to their communities in all kinds of ways. Are you or someone you know working to make a difference? Share your story for a future issue​.