HME Project Launches Research Methods Course

October 13, 2014 | SPH in the News

October 13, 2014

The Haiti Medical Education (HME) Project is pleased to announce the recent launch of a course in developing research methods, based at and sponsored by Quisqueya University in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The initiative will train more than 30 faculty participants from institutions in and around Port-au-Prince to deliver a medical research curriculum to countless medical students, nursing students, dental students, and residents. The semester-long initiative will prepare faculty to deliver two courses to their students: Introduction to Medical Research (for students in preclinical years), and Mentored Research Projects (for students in clinical years). The hope is that participants will engage in teaching and mentorship in the second part of the year with the HME team as support.

The course has been developed by Dr. Nancy Sohler, HME’s Director of Research Education, who will also be the primary instructor. Dr. Yanick Simon of Quisqueya University is the Associate Course Director, with assistance from Administrative Assistant Greg Ceus.

Providing for medical research training is a crucial step in medical education. Without a sustainable framework for local research initiatives, progress on this front remains difficult. Dr. Sohler’s course attempts to support the Haitian health research community while introducing new educational tools in public health research such as epidemiology and biostatistics. The eventual goal is for the Haiti-based faculty to expand research as a tool for clinical care, and increase the engagement of Haitian researchers in sound and meaningful investigation. Through research, we hope the participants will not only affect health care in Haiti, but also provide impact within the international health literature.

Dr. Nancy Sohler is Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at City University of New York, where she also teaches in the medical school’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Dr. Sohler completed her Masters in Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology at Columbia University. She has extensive experience conducting public health and HIV research, and has published her work in numerous international journals. She is currently taking a sabbatical to lead the research course in Haiti.

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