No small feat developing a product that will work in various countries with a plethora of unstable infrastructure. The first round of testing was in Kathmandu, Nepal in May 2016 when the IT team tested a pilot project and networked with potential participants. The team met with the Nepal Medical Council, Minister of Health, Dr. Mahabir Pun and Dr. Arjun Karki; a respected physician and innovator for Nepalese health. All of these individuals provided insight and guidance regarding the needs of the medical community.
Behind the scenes, Sarbu and the IT team continued to work diligently during the summer to get the server functioning and the first batch of thumb drives downloaded with the cme material. Our partner Emergency Medicine Reviews and Perspectives agreed to provide their cme content free of charge and continue to support CMES.
In October I traveled to Kathmandu to work at CIWEC Hospital and dispense the thumb drives to the participants at seven institutions; Kunde Hospital in the Khumbu district, CIWEC Hospitals in Pokhara and Kathmandu, Grande International Hospital, Kirtipur Hospital, Kathmandu Model Hospital and Nick Simon Institute which serves 22 district hospitals.
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.
Greetings CMES Users,
This blog is your educational arena. Tell us about yourselves, where you work, the challenges you face in your practice and how CMES is helping you meet your education objectives.
Share an interesting case and how you managed your patient’s care. Comment on a CMES article. Do you agree or disagree with the information?
We want to get to know each of you. Send a picture of yourself or where you live to share with your colleagues and we will post it here on the blog.
Although I have met many of you I will start the introductions. I am Dr. Debra Stoner, a board certified emergency medicine doctor living in Pennsylvania, USA. I retired a few years ago but I listen to my cme monthly to stay up-to-date because I volunteer in several countries. I started working on CMES over one year ago and am inspired by every doctor I meet.
Remember…each one of you makes a difference to each life you touch.