The conference will focus attention on the children of Haiti, with workshops covering public policy, case presentations, and personal stories from doctors and nurses who’ve provided care in Haiti.
The featured speaker will be Rev. Rick Frechette, DO, an internationally renowned physician, priest, author and advocate for the children of Haiti. In his presentation, he’ll describe how the lack of resources presents major obstacles to medical care; review creative ways to face these obstacles; and review the rewards of practicing medicine in austere settings.
The conference will also feature guest presenters Dr. Frederick Burkle, Jr., a senior fellow and scientist with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and Dr. Michael Koster, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Brown University and a hospitalist and infectious disease physician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Burkle will discuss the future humanitarian crises as well as the impact of the humanitarian health workforce on global health.
Dr. Koster will review global trends and the incidence of meningitis and pneumonia, as well as the development of academic partnerships for global health.
Several doctors from Akron Children’s will present case presentations from St. Damien’s Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Drs. Jeff Kempf, John Pope, John Bower and J.R. Bockoven will demonstrate:
- The use of telemedicine to effectively communicate about patients
- Implications for using telemedicine globally
- The required skills to practice telemedicine effectively
Other sessions will focus on international adoptions, a resident’s perspective of global health, and the challenges and rewards of nursing in Haiti.
The deadline to register for the conference is Oct. 5. To register or for more information, visit www.akronchildrens.org/ghconf .
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