This week’s CEO guest bloggers are Dr. Naveed Mohammad, Executive Vice President (EVP) Quality, Medical and Academic Affairs, and Florine Lobo, Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Organizational Performance
On February 15, we boarded two planes heading to two different countries with one shared purpose – to put into action Osler’s Vision of patient-inspired health care without boundaries.
Joining us on the fourth Sun Life Financial Osler Global Health Program trip to India and Pakistan were 13 staff and physicians, split for the first time into two teams.
It didn’t take long for these casual colleagues to become fast friends. Nothing brings people together more quickly than long-distance travel!
For Team India, the bonding began early in the journey when delays and missed flights turned an expected 24-hour trip into a 45-hour adventure. But any travel woes experienced throughout the trip among both teams were quickly forgotten, overshadowed by the incredible learnings of this unique and evolving partnership.
So why again does Osler have a Global Health Program? The answer is simple – to improve patient care locally and globally by going beyond our borders to learn and grow. And, yes, it really is as much about giving as it is about receiving.
For now, our partnering countries are India and Pakistan – obvious choices given the communities we care for at Osler. On a more personal note, these two countries also represent our own homelands and serving as the program leads for such an inspirational and life-changing program is truly an honour.
In India we continued to work alongside colleagues at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital (SKSS), collaborating in the areas of emergency medicine, mental health and diabetes. In June, we’ll have the opportunity to play host when we welcome representatives from DMCH to Osler for the first time. Stay tuned for more on this!
In Pakistan, our partners are Child Life Foundation and SINA Health, Education and Welfare Trust, where we are focusing on paediatric emergency medicine and diabetes. On this trip, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were signed with both organizations, signifying important and exciting steps forward.
We’re both very proud of and inspired by the work that has been done to date by past and present team members, as well as our global colleagues. From bedside yoga and medical camps in India to a mock Emergency Department accreditation, diabetes outreach programs, and paediatric resuscitation telemedicine in Pakistan, we gave and gained so much.
We know that not everyone is able to participate as part of the “on the ground” team and invite you to experience the sights, sounds and learnings through our daily blogs.