College of Health Professions Global Initiatives
College of Health Professions delegation with CEO and executive leadership of the Zhejiang University’s First Affiliated Hospital.
From collaborations in China and Argentina to classes in Puerto Rico and medical missions in Peru and Uganda, the MUSC College of Health Professions has gone global. One of MUSC’s strategic goals is to improve the health of people not only in South Carolina, but around the world. With that goal in mind, the College of Health Professions has launched collaborative international partnerships in education, clinical care and research. Read on for a few field notes from each of these projects.
Collaborations in China and Argentina
The Department of Healthcare Leadership and Management (DHLM) is currently engaged in two very exciting – and very different – initiatives. Both speak to MUSC and CHP plans for engaging more internationally and hold the promise of extending MUSC’s name and expertise worldwide.
Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) in China
Dr. Saladin, Dean; Dr. James Zoller, Chair of DHLM; and Mr. Mike Meacham, Associate Professor recently visited Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China to discuss the feasibility of providing advanced managerial and leadership education to hospital administrators in several of ZJU’s affiliated hospitals. Because health services administration is not seen as a separate career ladder in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), virtually all hospital administrators are physicians who continue active clinical practice while serving as administrators.
The MUSC delegation met with representatives of ZJU’s School of Medicine, The First Affiliated Hospital, The Second Affiliated Hospital, and Sir Run Run Shaw (Third Affiliated) Hospital. There was notable interest in the possibility of administrators pursuing the DHA degree, though all parties are aware of the many challenges associated with implementing the program.
Certificate Program in Argentina
The College of Health Professions has the good fortune of being able to work with Executive – Master in Health Administration alumnus, Ms. Natalia Luna Maffei, in talking with Mendoza University School of Medicine about collaboratively offering a health administration certificate program in Argentina. A preliminary Memorandum of Understanding has been approved by both MUSC and the University of Mendoza. The next phase of this project involves establishing a curriculum, identifying specific modalities of instruction, and projecting costs.
CHP Courses Offered in Puerto Rico
Dr. Anthony Chipas, Division of Anesthesia for Nurses (AFN), was approached by the Directora de Asuntos Administrativos y Estudiantiles Escuela de Enfermeras(os) Anestesistas de Puerto Rico (EEAPR), Mr. Carlos Borrero, CRNA about educational opportunities. Mr. Borrero hoped to establish a local nurse anesthesia program in San Juan, Puerto Rico that would focus on educating nurses who wished to remain in Puerto Rico and administer anesthesia to its citizens.
Dr. Chipas assisted in the design of the program that was approved by the Puerto Rico Commission of Higher Education (PRCHE) in 2010. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was established to allow students in Puerto Rico access to certain courses taught at the MUSC campus and stipulated which courses would be procured from the Division of Anesthesia for Nurses. Course lectures are taught by AFN faculty and delivered via Tegrity recordings. The collaborative relationship started in 2011 and the first cohort of students matriculated in Fall 2012.