Support American and Bhutanese Medical Students, Residents, Fellows and Faculty

 

With the International Medicine Programs of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences we send students from the Global Health Track for summer experience in Bhutan, as well as third and fourth year students on for-credit rotations. include their students in our opportunities.

We partner with RAD-AID International Inc to complete the Radiology Readiness Assessments as part of our equipment acquisition project.  The Medical Students have played a major role in accomplishing this essential task to engage RAD-AID in Bhutan.

Our new partner in 2016 for program development and medical and public health education is Eastern Tennessee State University in Johnson City.  This fine state school serves the Appalachian region and is keenly interested in Global Health and the Himalayas. At the Initial Planning Conference for Health Development co sponsored by the Associate Dean for International Medicine and ABAH on August 4, 2016, Dean Wykoff presented a fascinating parallel between Appalachia and Bhutan.

 

Accomplishments:

In 2016, Alissa McInerney completed the RAD-AID Radiological Readiness Assessments in Gelephu and Thimphu, completing the national assessment of the Regional Hospitals. Sheconducted an investigation in promotion of culturally appropriate implementation of our major medical equipment program, such as CT scanner for Mongar and Gelephu hospitals. The Institutional Review Board of the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences has given permission for this investigation.  She did 41 interviews with mothers as part of her cultural issues in radiology study,

Prior Projects

In 2013 Ian Barrows a GWU first year medical student spent the summer at the National Institute of Traditional Medical Sciences and the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital. He spent 10 days on his way over learning about traditional medical substances, analysis, and scientific investigation at Glaxo-Smith-Kline's Tres Cantos Laboratory in Madrid Spain.

In 2014, Rob Dufour who started Radiology Residency in 2014 at UVa in Charlottesville, VA, made a visit to Mongar (which urgently needs a CT scanner) on behalf of ABAH and  RAD-AID  laying groundwork for Radiographic Readiness Assessment in Mongar and Thimphu.

In 2014, Ke Sun, then a first year student spent two weeks in Bhutan and 6 weeks at GWU designing a software approach to link the district hospitals to the electronic surveillance system being developed at JDWNRH in Thimphu.  He presented his project in a Poster Presentation at GWU Research Day in 2016.

In 2015, Trent Hope and Danielle Canter advanced this project working with Ministry of Health, Department of Radiology at National Referral Hospital, Eastern Regional Referral Hospital in Mongar, and Khesar Gyalpo Univeristy of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.  WHO and Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva are collaborating partners with RAD-AID International in this multi site project. This is part of our attack on stomach cancer.

Travels we have sponsored to date:

2016 Alissa McInerney, MS IV, The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences

2015 Trent Hope, MS I, The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences, and

        Danielle Canter, MS I, The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences

2014 Rob Dufour , MS IV, The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences  in April of that year

2014 Ke Sun, MS I, The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences in June of that year

2013 Ian Barrows,  MS I.  The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences for a full summer at Institute of Traditional Medical Sciences

2013 Erik Blutinger,  MS III,  The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences for site visit with Ministry of Health and ERRH in Mongar, Eastern Bhutan

2011Erik Blutinger, MS I,  The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences with Ministry of Health

2006 Meena Bhatia, MS I,  The George Washington University of Medicine and Health Sciences