School of Medicine
The Wake Forest University Medical School seeks to assist Nicaragua in improving healthcare through efforts aimed at: decreasing infant mortality; improving rural health, particularly for children; training Nicaraguan medical personnel; conducting research on health communications; organizing medical trips to Nicaragua; and partnering closely with Nicaraguan health organizations and medical schools.
Initial efforts have included site visits by Wake Forest Medical School faculty to the CEPS clinic in Ciudad Sandino and the UNAN Medical School in Leon. The clinic may afford opportunities to provide training for physicians and other health care providers in modern obstetrics, postpartum care, immediate newborn care, and care of children less than five years of age. The medical school in Leon may provide opportunities in education (e.g., upgrading the knowledge and skills of specialist faculty and participating in the training of community faculty) and in research (e.g., participation in epidemiologic studies and tracking outcomes, as well as perinatal health, women’s health, and psychiatric health).
Over the next five years, multiple sojourns (3-4) per year are being planned by medical school constituents (faculty, staff, alumni and students) to provide medical assessments, personal counseling, health education, agency assistance, student engagement with client populations, and consultation with healthcare professionals and NFP organizations. Distance learning programs (3-4 per year) at Casa Dingledine, the Wake Forest Conference Center in Managua, are also planned between medical school faculty from Wake Forest and medical school students and faculty in Nicaragua.