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

09/22/2010

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 ProgramTM 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.