Haiti

Lane Haitian Relief Medical Clinic in 2014The OHSU surgery residency program offers the opportunity for up to four residents to participate in a 10 day medical/surgical mission to Cayes Jacmel, Haiti each year. The team is based at Centre Medical Emmanuel (CME) Hospital, run by Haitian Doctor Louis Philippe. This short experience is open to residents in or after their research year. The residents travel with Lane Haitian Relief (LHR), founded by Eugene, Oregon surgeon and team leader Snell Fontus, M.D., F.A.C.S., and are also supervised by Drs. Karen Kwong and Martin Schreiber, PVAMC and OHSU surgeons. Residents learn skills such as the navigating the logistics of planning mobile clinics, medication purchasing and distribution for common diseases, as well as conducting surgery in a limited environment. Residents also learn about the cultural aspects of delivering care in Haiti and work closely with Haitian medical students and translators while getting to know the Belle Anse, Haiti, October 2017Haitian people and landscape. The LHR team includes a multidisciplinary group of interested MD's, RN's, residents, MPH's, pre-meds and teenage participants from the Portland and Eugene communities. During an average week, the mobile clinics see approximately 1400 patients and perform between 23-38 surgeries.