Rifat Latifi, M.D., Associate Director, Telesurgery and International Affairs for the Arizona Telemedicine Program is the Principal Investigator for a new grant from the U.S. Department of State to the Kosova Foundation for Medical Development. The project is multi-faceted, bringing healthcare personnel to the United States for advanced training in Trauma care, sending US professionals to teach continuing education courses in Kosova, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania, providing equipment for four telemedicine facilities in Kosova and delivering online course content to the region.
This grant will also bring 24 healthcare professionals (medical personnel, technical personnel, medical students and hospital administrative staff) in groups of six to Tucson for training in Telemedicine, e-health and the Virtual Medical Library. Staff of the Telemedicine Program and the Arizona Health Sciences Library will provide five days of training. Classes will cover the principles and practice of telemedicine, an introduction to telemedicine equipment and training in information retrieval and evidence-based medicine.