Medical Educators for Latin America (MELA)
MELA Board Members:
Carson R. Harris, MD. Jessica Sandberg, RN. Brooks Donald, MD. Kimson Ridge, EMT-P. Peter Tanghe, MD. Joan Kreider, MD.
MELA officially began in 2010 and consist of a group of healthcare providers and medical technicians dedicated to the continuing education and improvement of life-saving skills to providers in Latin America. Our teams of medical professionals work hard to develop meaningful and strong relationships with NGOs having healthcare interests. We partner with those having a commitment to improving the healthcare of their communities and country.
Over 100 doctors, dentists, nurses, PAs, EMT-Paramedics, and others have signed up to participate in MELA activities.
To provide education in Latin America through didactic and practical teaching. Additionally, we provide patient care and consultation in remote areas of Bolivia, and donate medical supplies for clinic use.
Our groups of healthcare providers travel to Latin America to present a 2-3 day conference for physicians, nurses and dentists. These local providers request training on all medical topics to help them give the best care possible to patients in their communities. Our teams of clinicians, educators, and interpreters consist of 6-20/trip.
In addition to lectures on various topics, our conferences allow for hands-on, practical sessions to augment the training of local professionals.
Our Most Recent Trips:
December 2-6, 2015: Advanced Trauma Management Course III for MDs
Topics and Stations: Head, torso, extremity, maxillo-facial, pediatric, geriatric, pregnancy, pharmacology, ultrasound, splinting, radiography. Also trauma case discussion groups.
Team: 3 Physicians, 1 PA-C, 1 Pharmacologist, 1 Paramedic
The class: 23 Bolivian Physicians (17 certified)
March 17-19, 2015 - International Acute Care Conference VIII
Topics: Physician and Nurse Section taught 268 people
March 9-12, 2015 Advanced Trauma Management Course II
Certified 22 of 26 participants
The Next Course
March 3-5, 2016: Acute Care Nurses Conference.
This course is in lieu of the International Acute Care Course IX which will occur at a later date
November (first week) 2016
This course will involve advanced medical and critical care topics