The Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the NCD Synergies program directed a two-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course from February 29 – March 1, 2020 on Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, co-directed by Dr. Gene Bukhman and Dr. Gene Kwan. This was the second time our team hosted this course.
This two-day course in CVD and Global Health Equity aimed to equip participants with the knowledge, clinical skills, and assessment strategies needed to deepen their involvement in cardiovascular policy and service delivery in low- and middle-income countries. The course had an emphasis on rural communities with a high burden of conditions such as rheumatic and congenital heart disease.
Over 12 participants completed the course. Participants had a diverse range of backgrounds, including physicians-in-training, cardiology fellows, and early and mid-career cardiologists. Participants also had a range of global health experience: some who were very interested and wanted to learn more, while others had long-term relationships in low-income country settings and were looking to gain more skills and knowledge.
The course brought together 14 faculty members including experts in cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiothoracic surgery, emergency medicine, nursing, neurology, epidemiology, clinical mentoring, and community-based care. The discussions spanned topics around costing of cardiology care, prioritizing equity in providing treatment in lower-resource settings, and the use of integrated care teams in delivering high-quality care.
This course bridged the gap between interest in global policy and knowledge of treating these prevalent conditions in lower-resource settings. Upon conclusion of the course, participants will continue to build on their obtained knowledge by contributing to cardiovascular research and supporting clinical capacity building in lower- and middle-income countries.
Our teams at Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School look forward to continuing to further expand training and mentorship for the treatment of cardiovascular disease in global health, and working to bring care and treatment of cardiovascular disease closer to patients and their families.