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Academic Collaborative to Support Medical Education in Liberia (ACSMEL)
Liberia is a West African nation of 4.1 million people,
nearly half of which are children, that is now 10 years post-conflict in a
health system re-building phase. Boston Children’s Hospital partners with the
Liberian Post-Graduate residency training council, the ACSMEL partner
universities and the NGO, Health Education and Relief Through Teaching, to
provide medical education for medical students, interns and residents in
Monrovia, Liberia. Through this partnership physicians across disciplines at
Boston Children’s provide bedside and didactic teaching critical to the
training of the next generation of the Liberian physician workforce as well as
engage in direct clinical service with our Liberian physician colleagues.
Additionally we partner with our local Liberian colleagues to implement quality
improvement projects such as evidence based guidelines, new charting and
mortality monitoring. In partnership we also work to implement new care
delivery models including a primary care clinic for children with
non-communicable diseases. We partner to address unique educational needs of
the Liberian trainees such as the delivery of advanced pediatric and adult life
support education. This partnership also hosts joint research efforts with projects
this year including implementation of neonatal CPAP and an assessment of the burden
of traumatic disease after national road traffic regulation changes. New in
Liberia this year, is a Boston Children’s global health service delivery fellow
who was present for 6 months teaching, providing clinical service and
conducting research. In the upcoming year we look forward to outcomes data from
our current research efforts, expansion of teaching of the Liberian residents
and continued partnership with the Liberian Post-Graduate Medical Council. Dr.
Niescierenko serves as the Boston Children’s Hospital Project Direct and the
Boston Children’s Hospital Global Health Service Delivery Fellowship Liberia
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