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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 Site Mentor.

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