Thirteen medical students will rotate this year in BUSM’s International Medical Elective. The elective affords an opportunity to observe and participate in medical care in Armenia. Forty-two medical students from accredited US medical schools have participated in the four-week “Elective.” Students rotate at the newly renamed Grigor Lusavorich (formerly Emergency Scientific) Medical Center and the Pediatric Emergency Hospital and take ambulance call in the evenings. A new component of the elective is a three-day orientation into the Armenian health care system organized by the Armenian National Institute of Health and including visits to its affiliated clinics.
In the partnership’s biggest delegation yet, this group of 13 students, comprising the twelfth group of fourth-year medical students to go, is completing trip plans, anticipating the experiences of previous students. Students return to the United States praising the unique opportunity to observe medical care in the post-Soviet setting and witness ingenious adaptations to situations of constrained resources.
Health Care Training for Dr. Karine Budagova, Armenian Ministry of Health
Public Health Response to Emergencies: is a new course offered at the Boston University School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health. It was developed by the partnership’s program director in light of national needs for new curricula in emergency management and using experiences gained in this emergency preparedness program.
Management of Disasters and Complex Human Emergencies: Boston University School of Public Health’s Department of International Health developed a certificate course in the management of disasters and complex human emergencies. The program was the brainchild of key partnership committee members and grew out of the same need that the partnership addressed in 1994 in creating a disaster medicine component within its emergency medicine training programs. Using a 10-week intensive group discussion and case analysis format, students are prepared to function in emergency relief as well as in the management and policy decision-making that attends emergency situations. The course provides one-third of the credits towards a Master’s degree in Public Health.