David Gaus Awarded $950,000 to for Medical Training Program in Ecuador
Andean Health and Development (AHD), a non-governmental organization founded by Dr. David Gaus that is dedicated to improving health care in Latin America, has been awarded a $950,000 grant for a new family medicine training program in Ecuador.
The grant was awarded by Ronald McDonald House Charities. The program will begin this year.
Andean Health and Development was established in 1995 by Gaus, clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and member of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute's advisory group. The organization will build a training facility as part of its new 50-bed Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador.
The training center will include a simulation lab contextualized for rural Latin America and will serve as a headquarters for training sessions for the region’s public sector physicians. The grant will also help cover the costs of the teachers and resources for three years of residency training for the general physician.
The only family medicine residency program in rural Ecuador, Andean Health and Development will partner with the Catholic University of Ecuador to directly train 60 of Ecuador’s Ministry of Health non-residency-trained generalists to become highly skilled family physicians.
Andean Health and Development and the Catholic University of Ecuador will provide leadership as part of a larger project to retrain 1,000 physicians as family physicians in a three-year training program.
Date Published: 01/23/2013