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Continued Education in the Dominican Republic

Annie Grossinger

 Alfredo Hernandez, Executive Director of Community Empowerment, (second from left), Rush University’s Dr. Stephanie Crane (4th from left), and Dr. Richard Abrams (5th from left) attend a medical conference hosted by the Feltrex Foundation in partnership with Rush University and Community Empowerment in Santo Domingo, DR.

Alfredo Hernandez, Executive Director of Community Empowerment, (second from left), Rush University’s Dr. Stephanie Crane (4th from left), and Dr. Richard Abrams (5th from left) attend a medical conference hosted by the Feltrex Foundation in partnership with Rush University and Community Empowerment in Santo Domingo, DR.

In June, Community Empowerment (CE), Rush Hospital, and the Feltrex Foundation teamed up for another medical conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR).  It was the second in a series of conferences for post graduate medical education as part of an ongoing partnership. This time the focus was Cardiovascular Risks.

“While communicable diseases are well known scourges in much of the developing world, non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are leading causes of morbidity and mortality as well.  As such, we were very pleased to be able to speak about this relevant and often overlooked topic,” said Dr. Stephanie Crane of Rush University Medical Center and Community Empowerment, NFP.

The conference included a talk by Dr. Richard Abrams and Dr. Crane titled, “Hypertension – past, present and future”.  Approximately 200 medical personnel attended, including internists, cardiologists, endocrinologists and medical residents/ fellows.  Additionally, Dr. Crane also gave a talk on diagnosis and management of lipid disorders, designed specifically for residents. Seventy residents from multiple medical programs attended.

“We want to thank our partnership with the Feltrex Foundation, a platform has been created that allows us to implement our "train the trainers" model, sharing and exchanging knowledge with Dominican professionals, enriching and updating knowledge that directly impacts the Dominican health system,” said Alfredo Hernandez, Executive Director, Community Empowerment.

“The hospitality shown by the Feltrex Foundation leadership, as well as by the physicians who attended the conference was phenomenal,” said Dr. Crane.  “We learned much about the structure of their academic environment, and are looking forward to enhancing these partnerships with the development of residency exchange programs in the future.

Additionally, Dr. Crane and Dr. Abrams were invited to speak on “La Receta Medica” (The Medical Prescription) on Z101, the most popular medical radio show in the DR.

The Feltrex Foundation is the charitable arm of Feltrex, one of the most important pharmaceutical companies in the DR.  The next conference takes place November 5-6, 2018 and will focus on otolaryngology.

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