OMI MEX is a joint initiative between the Open Medical Institute (OMI) and the Alianza Médica para la Salud (AMSA), a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Mexico City. AMSA’s primary goal is to train Mexican doctors and to improve the quality of healthcare in Mexico and Latin America. Since the beginning of the collaboration with the OMI in 2010, more than 600 doctors have participated in the OMI seminars in Salzburg. In addition, the OMI faculty have trained more than 1,400 doctors in OMI MEX courses throughout Mexico.
In 2010, Pablo and Almudena Legorreta founded Alianza Médica para la Salud (AMSA), a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to training young Mexican physicians. An enthusiastic board, under the leadership of Gerardo Legorreta, has successfully led the effort in Mexico.
By following the Open Medical Institute’s four-step approach – knowledge transfer through seminars, experience exchange through observerships, capacity building through in-country educational activities, and leadership education – the program has been as effective in Mexico as it is in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. The first Mexican physicians attended an OMI seminar in Salzburg in 2010. Since then, more than 600 Mexican physicians from all over Mexico have participated in the OMI seminars and OMI observerships in Austria. To date, AMSA has trained more than 2,265 fellows, 1,485 of them participating in local OMI MEX activities.
AMSA partners with Mexican public and private healthcare institutions, charities, and medical universities and is committed to addressing the most serious Mexican public health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, obesity, childhood diseases, and maternal health.
AMSA recently underwent an outside evaluation to measure its Social Return on Investment (SROI). The findings of this study are very gratifying. For every U.S. dollar spent, there is a social return on investment (SROI) of 27.33 U.S. dollars and the majority of the doctors trained confirm that the OMI´s model provides:
- State-of-the-art knowledge
- Improved clinical skills
- Networking opportunities with internationally-known physicians
- Access to clinical research mentoring