Saturday, November 3, 2007

This presentation is part of : Diverse Partnership in Healthcare
Partnerships in Clinical Education in Baghdad
Kathryn Moore, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, ACNP, 10th Combat Support Hospital, US Army, Nashville, TN, USA
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to list and identify the methods used to create diverse partnerships for clinical education in Iraq.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to describe the hurdles that must be overcome in developing a clinical education program with cultural and language barriers

This session will look at partnerships created with physicians and nurses in Baghdad, Iraq by US Army Medical Department Officers during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, the primary author worked with creating training partnerships for Iraqi physicians and nurses in burn care and emergency medical care. The Iraqi medical professionals are eager to learn about heath care initiatives in the United States and methods of training used in the US.

There were a number of obstacles to creating these partnerships to include language and culture. The burn partnership involved two Iraqi physicians and two Iraqi nurses working in a local hospital in Baghdad. They were interested in learning more about burn care and we created a program for them. The emergency medical care partnership involved a train the trainer program for Iraqi physicians to learn techniques and content to provide emergency medical training to Baghdad ambulance drivers and personnel.

There are good things happening in Baghdad, we just don’t hear about them.