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ALTHOUGH HAITI may be a land of frightful want, some who are interested in the field of family medicine see the country as a land of promise.
Among the first to recognize its potential is the University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine, which has established a family practice residency rotation at Haiti's only teaching hospital, University Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Faculty members at the University of Miami School of Medicine are also helping Haiti's medical college set up its first family residency program, which they expect will be up and running in July 1996.
According to Arthur Fournier, MD, professor of family medicine and community health and associate dean for community health affairs at Miami, the school's Haitian Outreach Programs came about because his daughter car-pools with the daughter of Bart Green, MD, chair of neurosurgery there.
While Green had been interested in helping in Haiti for some time, the
Skolnick AA. Miami Medical School Leads the Way in Assisting Haitians While Training Family Medicine Residents. JAMA. 1995;274(23):1823-1824. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530230009003