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Medical Education

We fight injustice by making health care accessible to those who need it most.

Increase the number of trained doctors and nurses in Haiti

Along with Zanmi Lasante's (ZL) commitment to quality healthcare, comes an equally strong commitment to investing in training clinical providers in its 15 healthcare facilities. With less than one health care provider per 1,000 people, while the recommended ratio is 4.5, Haiti is struggling with the lack of formally trained health professionals. Haiti currently only meets 14.22% of its need for health care providers. In addition, aspiring Haitian doctors and nurses are often drawn to opportunities outside the country, where they stay after graduation. The medical education program at ZL strives to educate these aspiring medical professionals while encouraging them to stay in Haiti through valuable placements and continuing education.  

Since 2012, ZL has been working in partnership with the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) to launch 6 residency programs and 3 scholarships. Through these programs at Mirebalais University Hospital (HUM) and Saint-Nicolas de Saint-Marc Hospital (HSN), ZL aims to increase the number of trained doctors and nurses in Haiti.  

HUM is the first institution in a low- and middle-income country to receive accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME-I). 

In 2020, HUM was awarded the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME-I), the international arm of the United States-based Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The teaching hospital joins internationally accredited institutions in just seven other countries and is the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and the first in a low-income country. This not only further validates the quality of the medical education program, but also opens up opportunities for residents to continue their education and bring additional resources to the teaching hospital.

Residency programs in:​

  • Family Medicine 

  • Pediatrics 

  • Emergency Care

  • Internal Medicine 

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 

  • General Surgery 

Scholarship programs in:​

  • Neurology 

  • Infirmary Anesthesiologist 

  • Emergency Point-of-Care Ultrasound