CMES – The Birth of an Idea

For a few years my daughter, a neuropsychologist, had been telling me I needed to meet her colleague and friend, Dr. Manoj Thomas, an Information Systems professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Manoj and I finally met for dinner and the two of us monopolized the conversation talking about our projects. He was working on a project called; Haiti: Information and Communication Technologies for Education. His team was providing rural students without internet access a thumb drive packed with educational resources; a computer on a stick. He was curious if Nepal could be another site. Turns out OLE-Nepal was already doing the same work.

So we combined our passions and in January 2016 came up with the idea for Continuing Medical Education on Stick (CMES) based on my work with Nepal physicians. I had been working with Dr. Mahabir Pun since 2002 on various healthcare projects. No matter where I went in Nepal the physicians described difficulty accessing continuing medical education due to cost and travel limitations.

Manoj asked his colleague on the Haiti project, Dr. Yan Li at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, for assistance. Together with their students from one end of the USA to the other, they worked diligently on the IT aspect. Leading the charge was a graduate student, Sarbu Rana, from Nepal who designed the website and continously amazes us with new additions like this news feed.