What We Do


Educational Activities

The Collaborative participates in and helps coordinate a number of educational activities for the staff and trainees at St. Damien. These have included:

  • Intern orientation activities
  • Case-based learning program
  • ICU vocational training program
  • Point-of-care ultrasound training and handbook development

As well as subspecialty training in:

  • Cardiology 
  • Critical Care
  • Endocrinology
  • Hematology
  • Neurology


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The St. Damien Collaborative provides a yearly series of training and workshops for the faculty, staff, and residents at St. Damien, including:

  • PALS
  • Code Blue Simulation
  • Intubation Simulation
  • Procedural Simulation
  • Splinting
  • Wound Care
  • Endocrinology workshop

Bi-directional Exchange

The collaborative also provides opportunities for subspecialty exposure and training for faculty and staff at the North American partner sites, and all of St. Damien's pediatric residents have an opportunity to do a month of subspecialty training at one of the North American partner sites. 

Clinical Care

Members of the collaborative often participate in direct patient care alongside our Haitian colleagues, learning from each other in the process. 

Cardiac Surgery

The Collaborative partners with Gift of Life International to perform cardiac surgery at St. Damien. Pediatric cardiologists routinely travel to St. Damien to do cardiac screening, and are followed by teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, critical care physicians, and nurses to provide This program is the only opportunity for pediatric cardiac repair surgery in the country. 

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Protocols and Order Sets

The St. Damien Collaborative has assisted the St. Damien leadership in developing a series of protocols and order sets to improve efficiency and guideline-based treatment for common conditions. Projects have included:

  • Severe acute malnutrition order set
  • Pneumonia order set
  • Hospital-wide protocol manual
  • Discharge criteria project

Quality Improvement/Research

 The Collaborative also participates in and leads a wide variety of quality improvement and clinical research studies at St. Damien. These have included:

  • Hydroxyurea in sickle cell feasibility study
  •  Review of HIV training program
  • Microbiology lab improvement project
  • Review of order set utilization and outcomes
  • ICU vocational team improvement project