Another EM development trip successfully completed to Belize. As part of a team, which includes MCW, Baylor, and Brown we have worked to strengthen emergency care in Belize by training physicians, nurses, and EMTs. The program has progressed and we are now looking towards emergency medicine board examination and specialty recognition. This trip we put the physician team at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) through a 2-week board review course. I also spent time (as I always do) teaching POCUS at KHMH and western regional hospital in Belmopan. I continue to foster their ultrasound skills, ultrasound champions and seek better training and equipment for this group.
Belize and KHMH is an excellent opportunity for faculty, fellows and senior residents to be involved in low resource environment care and emergency medicine development. It is also a great location to practice your medical Spanish. The official language of Belize is English, but you will find that most people speak Spanish first, English second. Advantages of this site are short, cheap flights, true emergency medicine being done, high need for education, welcoming people, nice weather, and plentiful recreational opportunities. The capabilities of the hospital include a 25 bed ED, subspecialty care, a small ICU, and occasional CT scanning (when functioning). There are opportunities to teach at the hospital, other regional hospitals, and the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT).