Helping in Haiti

Only days after Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake in January 2010, the Tufts community quickly mobilized to bring desperately needed assistance to the people of Haiti and to support the vibrant Haitian community at home.

On January 20, a 13-member team of physicians and medical experts led by TUSM's Dr. Mark Pearlmutter, chair and Vice-President for Network Emergency Services (Caritas), left for Haiti to provide medical care where it was needed most.

The medical team was comprised of a group of physicians, nurses and techs from the six Caritas Christi Health Care Hospitals, which include St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Brighton), Norwood Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center (Brockton), Saint Anne's (Fall River) and Carney Hospital (Dorchester).

Dr. Pearlmutter's team worked tirelessly to help the injured, facing, in his words, a "tragic day-to-day deluge of displaced severely injured patients."

TUSM offers a seven week program (June 2 to July 21, 2012) in collaboration with CRUDEM, a not-for-profit group that oversees Hospital Sacre Coeur located in Milot, Haiti.

The hospital serves a community of approximately 150,000 patients in Northern Haiti and has become a vital source of healthcare since the 2010 earthquake. Students participate in a combination of clinical work and public health research based on their degree program, interests, and abilities.

Clinical work is designed to provide students with exposure to a variety of outpatient adult, pediatric, HIV and specialty clinics as well as inpatient medical, surgical and obstetrics. Students will work directly with Tufts clinical faculty as well as Haitian physicians.

All students are also required to complete a public health project during their eight week experience. This project must be pre-approved by a TUSM faculty mentor.

Opportunities to build upon prior years’ projects are encouraged. Examples of topics addressed by past students include nutrition assessment, hypertension screening, cervical cancer screening, women’s health surveys, birth record inventories, community health worker assessments and training, and water and sanitation projects.

Both clinical and public health TUSM faculty will be on location to provide mentorship and guidance throughout the entire length of the program.

Find more information on the Haiti program and other global health programs at TUSM.