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IMR continued our work for the Haitian Women’s Collaborative project in May by working side by side with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National hospital in Port au Prince. The Dept. is led by Dr. Viala and supporting attending physicians including Dr. Batsch Jean-Jemeau are partners in our educational pursuits. With support from the operating room team, anesthesia and nursing, we were able to focus on teaching pre-operative evaluation of surgery patients, review laboratory testing and develop further guidelines on patient safety. Ensuring all complex cased of pelvic reconstruction were performed with senior resident, hands on training, mentorship and didactics remain the cornerstone of our work.

Cases of vaginal prolapse and maternal birth trauma were cared for and preventive strategies were discussed. Pre- and post-operative surgical care was discussed with trainees and students.  We were happy to have Dr. William Meyer, a urogynecologist from the University of Arizona, Tucson, join us and share his surgical expertise with the residents.