Dr. Noelsaint Beauvoir and Dr. Jolius Thelusme: First Haitian-Trained Fellows in Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction at the Bladder Health and Reconstructive Urology Institute

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From BHRUI

Doctor Noelsaint Beauvoir and Dr Jolius Thelusme are the first Haitian-trained fellows accepted at the Bladder Health and Reconstructive Urology Institute training program, under the direction of Dr. Angelo E. Gousse.

Dr. Gousse, Clinical Professor of Urology, is the director of the Female Urology, Voiding Dysfunction, Urinary Tract Reconstruction Fellowship, which has been in existence for more than 15 years. Dr. Gousse has trained more than 14 Urologists, now either in the U.S. or Canada, who are currently leading academic urologists practicing throughout the country. However, Dr. Gousse has never trained young Haitian urologists.

Dr. Gousse, a native of Haiti, has been active in medical and urology missions in his homeland for the past 18 years. He has played a major role in the genesis of the Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) www.urohaiti.org.

Through GASHU, several Haitian, American, and international urologists have dedicated great efforts and resources for the past five years towards numerous seminars, workshops, video teleconferences and lectures in Haiti. Activities included the American Urological Association (AUA) supported Ultrasound Workshops and two-day conferences in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2014, 2015, and 2017. This has helped the association evolve into a better organized and coordinated Urology Association. GASHU has been able to streamline philanthropic efforts and equipment donations in order to maximize the positive impact of urology training, practice and patient care in Haiti.

GASHU recently identified the newly built Hospital St Francois de Salles (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) as one of the premier hospitals in Haiti to offer great potential for the training of residents and the development of surgical workshops. One of its strategies has been to train young Haitian urologists outside of Haiti in various urology sub-specialties. The urologists who receive training abroad are expected to return to Haiti to share their knowledge and expertise and train others. In line with this strategic plan, Dr. Noelsaint Beauvoir and Dr. Jolius Thelusme have traveled to South Florida for the Urodynamics, Voiding Dysfunction, Female Pelvic Floor Medicine and Reconstruction Fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Gousse.

About Dr. Noel Saint Beauvoir and Dr. Jolius Thelusme:

Dr. Beauvoir was born in Lagonave, the largest island in Haiti. He attended medical school in Haiti at Universite Lumiere and successfully completed his residency training in Urology at University Hospital Justinien in Cap Haitien, under the supervision of Dr. Jean Geto Dube.

Dr. Jolius Thelusme was born in Ganthier Haiti, 5th section community of Pays Pourri. He completed his Primary schooling at Siloe school at Fond Parisien, High School Lycee de L’amitie of Ganthier, Medical School at Quisqueya University – Faculte des Sciences de la Sante. He is completing his residency training in Urology at University Hospital Justinien in Cap Haitien under the supervision of Dr. Jean Geto Dube.

Dr. Beauvoir and Dr. Thelusme have always been interested in voiding dysfunction and urodynamics. They were selected amongst numerous young Haitian urologists who applied for the program. The fellows will be trained in the techniques and interpretation of urodynamics, female pelvic floor reconstruction, prostate ultrasonography, and biopsy techniques, lower urinary tract endoscopic procedures, prosthetic surgery (penile implants, artificial urinary sphincter, Interstim), urethral reconstruction and general office urology. 

A Donation from Laborie

Dr. Beauvoir and Dr. Thelusme are being trained with a Laborie, Goby -TM, multichannel urodynamic unit. The unit was donated by Laborie to serve philanthropic and educational purposes in Haiti. The unit is the world’s most compact urodynamic system and is modular and wireless. The donated unit will be delivered to Haiti after graduation of the fellows. Currently, there is no urodynamic laboratory in Haiti to study voiding dysfunction.

Dr. Beauvoir reports: “I am very fortunate to have been selected for the fellowship. I am indebted to GASHU and Dr. Angelo Gousse for this unique opportunity, which will certainly reshape my entire clinical career.” Said Dr. Thelusme: “I am very fortunate to train under the tutelage of Dr. Gousse. My urology training will be vastly expanded.” 

Dr. Beauvoir completed his training in September 2018, and Dr. Thelusme will complete his training in March 2019. 

Fellowship support

The fellowship is supported by a personal grant from Dr. Angelo Gousse and the Bladder Health and Reconstructive Urology Institute.

Dr. Gousse is hoping to obtain extramural grants or donations to support this endeavor in the future. The fellows are provided a cost-of-living stipend, a motor vehicle for transportation, and educational supplies.

The fellowship is being offered as part of the strategic planning of GASHU to improve Urology care and access in Haiti.

Contact information:

Global Association for the Support of Haitian Urology (GASHU) www.urohaiti.org.