The Strategic Collaborations Unit (SCU) worked with Katmai Information Technologies and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) / Bureau of Medical Services (MED) to provide annual Continuing Medical and Nursing Education Courses to the medical professionals serving in U.S. embassy and consulate health units worldwide. The courses were designed to address the diverse clinical issues that these professionals face and were based on real experiences and updates in medical knowledge, with content developed collaboratively between the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the DOS. The courses included didactic lectures, skills and procedural simulation-based activities, and high-fidelity scenario-based simulation activities.
This year’s program was held in Orlando, Florida, in March, and covered a range of health concerns, including sinus infections, hypertension, chest pain, asthma, and infertility. More specialized breakout sessions were also held. Over 600 DOS physicians, PAs, and nurses attended the conference.
The SCU has been collaborating with the Department of State on this program since 2018, with the conference held annually. DOS attendees return to their posts around the world with greater knowledge in managing medical events, furthering the mission of the SCU in promoting excellence in healthcare internationally.