Providing Training, Expertise and
Life Support (BLS)
International District 7910
Westborough, Massachusetts USA
University of Massachusetts Medical School,
Worcester, Massachusetts USA
Medical facilities and Governments
of participating countries
GEMINI es una organización no lucrativa que se
dedica a la educación y entrenamiento de Reanimación Cardiopulmonar
(RCP) y manejo de desastres en los países que servimos. GEMINI fue fundada por el
Club Rotario de Westborough, Massachusetts; cuenta con el apoyo de
Rotary International District 7910 y sus clubes en colaboración con
miembros de la facultad de University of Massachusetts Medical
School y el departamento de Medicina de Emergencia. Durante los
últimos años GEMINI ha
desarrollado varios programas de entrenamiento en la ciudad de
Quetzaltenango con la colaboración del Club Rotario de
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see a brief video on the origins of GEMINI
Click here for a
comprehensive presentation on GEMINI
Here is a
comprehensive overview of international emergency medicine
and Project GEMINI. Click
here for Part 1. Click
here for Part 2
about opportunities for your club and its members. We
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is the GEMINI Model
Framework, a guide to setting up
a project and a good window on how GEMINI works in
Rotary, medical and
host country communities.
Use GEMINI's Project
Application Form and
return it to Paul
Gallagher for a new project.
As of July, 2013, seeds for new program
development in Guyana are sprouting.
(1) Dr. Ovid Fraser, GUYANA project director,
reports that Dan Batsie, a member of the original
EMS team, has returned to Guyana and has instituted dispatcher
training for six students.The paramedic students are also spending
time at Georgetown Public Hospital..
Planning is underway with hospital officials to make these visits by
Dan and colleagues from the US an annual event. Preliminary planning is also underway to obtain
an ambulance in the US. As of August 2013 major progress has been
made on the ambulance front and a project is being
developed. Check back for updates.
Click here for the latest
you can share with
your clubs. Stay tuned for more detail.
|(2) Jim Comes, a member of the Rotary
Club of Westborough, retired UMASSMED medical librarian, and an active
participant on the GEMINI steering committee, has
arranged for the university to donate 1500 medical books
to the Georgetown Public Hospital. They have been shipped.
Working closely with Ovid Fraser, Jim spent many hours
arranging for shipping.
This all bodes well, both for Guyana and
future program planning.
With Rotary and
A report on the Stabilization Post
Reanimation/pre-neonatal Transport (STABLE) program, which involved
U.S. and Guatemalan experts and students in Quetzaltenango,
Guatemala, in April 2013 is now available. Click here to see
what was taught to firefighters, medical students and pediatric
Development and Evaluation forms have been placed in the Member
Materials archive on this site. If you do not have log in information and
need the forms please contact the site editor or Jorge
Yarzebski Jorge.Yarzebski@umassmed.edu and they will sent
GEMINI members remain active in Nicaragua.Here is a
brief description of their project, which is now in its final phases
as Mick Godkin, of UMASS Med, and colleagues arrange for more
instructioinal materials to be provided:
Under the guidance of Mick Godkin, Ph.D, of the
Rotary Club of Westborough, a $15,000 Matching Grant with the Rotary
Club of Leon, Nicaragua allowed GEMINI to deliver
equipment and training
over 5 days at
the Autonomous University of Nicaragua’s Faculty of Medical Sciences in Leon
(UNAN-Leon) and at its teaching hospital. The trainers were all
American Heart Association-certified trainers and consisted of 3
trainers from UMass (Mariah McNamara MD, Jorge Yarzebski Jr NREMTP
(and the Rotary Club of Westborough), and Roy Clifford NP), 2 from
Mexico and 1 from Texas. Twenty physicians and one UNAN medical
student were trained in BLS and ACLS and all 21 passed the AHA test
to become AHA certified in BLS; 17/21 passed the ACLS test and are
AHA certified in ACLS. Fourteen of the 17 then did the course for to
become AHA-certified ACLS and BLS trainers which they now
here to see images from the April, 2011, Nicaragua training program.
Stay tuned for more reporting on this project.
The Guyana project came to a successful
conclusion in October, 2012. Visit the Guyana page for details, photos, and
February, 2012 Vol.
2, September 2012
here to enjoy a set of photos taken on GEMINI's October 2010 trip
to the Domincan Republic
here to see some vintage photos from a 2003 trip to
Here are photos
from August 2012 sessions in Nicaragua, where Mick Godkin's
grant supported Emerency CDR Training.
Directors and Officers
Northborough Rotary Club
Milford Rotary Club
Athol-Orange Rotary Club
Links and Resources
(English and Espanol)
Member Materials --
Minutes, Program Archive
GEMINI is highly
visible at events such as the 2012 Westborough Spring