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Teach the Teacher with Physicians for Haiti

When we set out to see who we might want on The Justice Project Advisory Board we looked to friends and colleagues who were doing things in the world to make A Just Difference. One of our Advisory Board members is Zadok Sacks, the Co-Founder of Physicians for Haiti (P4H). P4H was founded the day after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti when a group of Boston-area physicians, realizing that Haiti would have a need for dedicated partners for years to come, came together with a shared goal of maintaining a sustained engagement in its rebuilding process.

There are so many places in the world that are in need of help, but many times assistance is offered at the immediate time of a tragedy and then it is forgotten. What we so appreciate about P4H is how they are teaching people for a truly sustainable impact to the medical community of Haiti:

When we learned about the Teach the Teacher program we saw a perfect fit with our Educational Justice initiatives and offered our support.

TEACH THE TEACHER (Formation des Formateurs), a training program devised by Physicians for Haiti, is dedicated to helping Haitian doctors and nurses become the best teachers they can be by providing participants with a foundation in the principles of effective education.

The Need

As in many developing countries, inadequate numbers and training of health personnel are important contributors to poor health outcomes in Haiti.  Accordingly, the Haitian medical establishment has identified the expansion and development of training programs as a high priority, and programs like the University Hospital of Mirebalais (HUM) are now giving Haiti’s next generation of health professionals access to new training opportunities.

However, many of Haiti’s medical educators have limited experience with the supervision and instruction of trainees, and if Haiti’s people are to consistently receive the high-quality care they deserve in the future, Haitian medical educators must be prepared to meet the challenge of training this new generation of clinicians and teachers as effectively as possible.

The Program

Developed with input from education professionals, clinician-educators, and our Haitian colleagues, Teach the Teacher is an innovative curriculum designed to provide participants with the skills they will need to optimize their trainees’ learning experiences.

The didactic component of the program consists of a multi-tiered series of lectures and workshops with both introductory and advanced presentations. This is joined by a practical component consisting of direct observation of faculty engaging in their daily teaching followed by feedback sessions.

Topics covered include:

  • Feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Effective small group teaching techniques
  • How to give an interactive lecture
  • Strategies for managing teaching rounds
  • Rules for effective Powerpoint presentations
  • And more…


Teach the Teacher is currently being piloted at HUM, where reviews from participants have been very positive.  Quotes from participants (pictured below) have included:

“This course gives me a better approach and a better idea of how the residents can be                      approached, especially in a training university hospital”

“All of the teaching was well-organized”

 ”All of the program directors would benefit from this course”

What do you see as the most positive thing about the Teach the Teacher program?

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