Operating Outside the OR

Yesterday was another busy day for me here in Port-au-Prince but not in the OR for a change. Started early at 7 AM with lectures to the public medical school orthopedic residents. These students are eager to learn and their enthusiasm fed my energy.

Broken Earth is creating a new partnership here with the Haitian State University and the General Hospital.  The team will be regular teaching via the telemedicine system to local students and medical professionals. This is so exciting and is truly part of Broken Earth’s long-term goals in Haiti. What’s that saying about teaching someone to fish?!? This sustainable education lecture circuit will be a huge benefit.  The residents were engaged and appreciative of Dr. Squire and Stratton’s lectures.  

Back at the hospital, physiotherapist Dan Martyn was up early helping our latest femur fracture to walk and as a result was discharged today. Another little win.

Had a full schedule of meetings in the afternoon. First off with the Minister of Health and the Director of Health to ensure we are meeting their requests and needs. Then it was off to a meeting with the contractor for the new building.  I know this is important stuff, exciting too, but to tell you the truth I’d much rather be in the OR. You’re literally hands-on with a dedicated team and making a difference.

It’s tactile. It’s immediate.

You see the results, good or bad, right away.

Gotta be more patient and understand the bigger picture.

Back home, all the little trick-r-treaters and getting ready to head out. Missin’ that for sure. Well, on to the next meeting… Happy Halloween all!