Hey Guys, something to please start thinking about…one of the potential sources of funding for our project is the Arnold P. Gold foundation. They award grants up to $25,000 to med students, residents, and faculty with the goal of promoting humanism in medicine. You can read more about it and see some examples here, http://humanism-in-medicine.org/intros/gWhatWeFund.html. With that in mind, how can we spin our project to emphasize the humanistic aspects of it? My thoughts so far:
– The physicians that travel will benefit from the experience of working with their Rwandan peers, they will learn about caring for patients in resource-poor settings. These experiences will help develop empathy and cultural competency, thereby promoting humanism in medicine.
– Patients that use the district hospital for the most part are very poor. If a patient needs medical imaging (CT or US) they are often referred to a hospital in Kigali. This trip requires a full day from most rural locations, and the direct costs of transportation as well as implicit costs due to the time away from work/home. By teaching district hospital physicians to use a new imaging tool, less patients may require a trip to Kigali for imaging. Humanism is promoted by recognition that health is linked to economic situation.
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