MediSend Biomedical Trainees from Six Developing Country Hospitals Visit Baylor Health Care System

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Biomedical equipment repair trainees from Kazakhstan, Chad, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria tour Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in preparation for upcoming internships.

Trainees from MediSend’s Fall 2010 Biomedical Repair Training Program recently spent the morning touring Baylor Health Care System’s flagship hospital in downtown Dallas, as a prelude to an upcoming internship. The trainees were filled with awe as they toured molecular medicine areas, an ER and ICU in a modern US hospital. In 2008, Baylor Health Care System joined MediSend in its mission to improve healthcare conditions in some of the world’s poorest countries. Since then, Baylor has provided professional internships as part of the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program curriculum.

The internship is always a highly anticipated portion of the MediSend program, offering the trainees hands-on experience with biomedical professionals in state-of-the-art clinical environments at Baylor facilities. On their recent visit, the trainees were excited to see photos of former MediSend trainees with Baylor staff on the walls of the Baylor Biomedical Department, and anticipate the day when their photos will also hang in the gallery.

"The internship is a meaningful experience for both the trainees and Baylor staff," says veteran biomed Ken Maddock, Vice President , clinical engineering and telecommunications services, at Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, “It is that rare opportunity for individuals from completely different cultures to connect and have an impact on each others’ lives. MediSend is making a real difference in the future of the trainees’ communities and we are proud to be a part of their mission.”

Since 2007, MediSend has returned over sixty professionally trained biomedical repair technicians to their home-country hospitals, many of whom are the first such professionals in the country. Trainees from Kazakhstan, Chad, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Cameroon and Nigeria are currently participating in the program at the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s global headquarters in Dallas.

“Graduates of the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program return home to help strengthen healthcare in their hospitals, and with the knowledge and professionalism to become leaders in their communities. The internship at Baylor is an important part of their life-changing experience at MediSend,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend.

The trainees will go to four different Baylor facilities for the internships in November, prior to their graduation and return to their home-country hospitals.

About MediSend:
MediSend International is a global leader and innovator in transforming healthcare systems in developing countries. MediSend is a 501(c)(3) non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide health systems strengthening programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs and challenges of developing country hospitals. Programs include essential professional training and education in biomedical technologies, technical support, the design of biomedical repair laboratories, and the distribution of donated medical supplies, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. For more information on the work and mission of MediSend, visit http://www.medisend,org.

About Baylor Health Care System:
Baylor Health Care System is a network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, affiliated ambulatory surgery centers and the Baylor Research Institute. One of the largest private-sector employers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Baylor employs more than 16,500 people and has more than 2,700 physicians on its medical staffs. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, flagship hospital of the system, is a major patient care, teaching and research center for the Southwest. For more information about Baylor, visit http://www.BaylorHealth.com.

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