We train the trainers to treat the world.
The International Team of Educators to Advance Cardiovascular Health (ITEACH) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities in cardiovascular medicine to help physicians from low and middle-income countries to improve their clinical skills.
Why do we exist
According to the World Health Organization, “Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.” Over three-quarters of those deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries.
Patients suffer from poor outcomes when medical education is not optimal, and many institutions in rural areas don’t have the resources to provide optimal medical training. The lack of resources prevents physicians from accessing updated medical equipment, technology, and production of evidence-based research.
Under the guidance of Bernardo Lombo, MD, Robert McNamara, MD, Michael Dewar, MD, Lissa Sugeng, MD, and Jorge Otero, MD, ITEACH collaborates with international partners to transfer knowledge and skills to physicians and other healthcare providers in cardiovascular medicine.
ITEACH has implemented programs to advance cardiovascular health through lectures, hands-on training, research collaborations, and digital resources. We have trained over 100 physicians in 5 countries: Argentina, Russia, Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
ITEACH reimagines what medical missions should be. We partner with local hospitals and universities to build long-term relationships based on trust and reciprocity.
Local institutions have local priorities. They need a tailored and culturally competent approach. Our priority is to identify each community’s needs to set the appropriate objectives for each collaboration project.
Our team designs tailored educational strategies to address their needs. We aim to train and empower local physicians to teach others. We also learn from our partners about alternative approaches to patient care in limited-resource settings.