Doctors from University of Sherbrooke, who have gone to Haiti the past few years, were asked by Haiti’s medical schools to assist them with surgical training. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was approached. Funding was sought from the federal government through the University of Calgary and CNIS was approached for the Essential Surgical Skills (ESS) course, which was deemed ideal for the project. This is a true example of collaboration between countries, Canadian organizations, schools and institutions.
CNIS Surgical Associate, Dr. Robert Taylor and French surgeon Dr. Olivier Armstrong co-instructed the first ever ESS instructors course in Haiti in April 2011. Twenty-four faculty members from the medical schools were selected to participate in the course.
After the initial ESS instructor course, ESS providers courses were held in Port au Prince in summer 2011.
Le Dr Robert H Taylor, chirurgien associé au RCCI et le Dr Olivier Armstrong, chirurgien français ont formé ensemble les premiers instructeurs en CCE en Haïti en avril 2011. Le doyen de la faculté de médecine a choisi lui-même les 24 membres de sa faculté qui ont suivi ce cours.
Depuis ce premier cours de CCE pour former des instructeurs, d’autres cours de CCE destinés aux personnels de santé se sont tenus à Port au Prince pendant l’été 2011.