November 16, 2011
I had very productive meetings and received good feedback from Dr. Patrick and Dr. Sanctus, the head deans at the Faculty of Medicine for the Rwandan National University. We are now working with them as they review our strategic action plan and details of our curriculum. Once we make any necessary amendments and get their official approval, we will again discuss CPD accreditation with the Rwandan Medical Council where we have a CPD provider application pending.
Damas and I presented to the Rwandan National Ethics Committee this past Saturday. We discussed the background of PURE, our proposed training program and the research questions that were born out of this training program, in order that we should help further the limited evidence based with regards to the efficacy of this type of training program and its impact on patient management. Our hope is that these outcomes data will help find the optimal approach for further scale-up of diagnostic ultrasound training programs in Rwanda. We anticipate formal feedback from the RNEC by email this week and then Damas will help get the final version of the protocol submitted for approval.
From here, will we will continue to focus on our fundraising efforts. I’m happy to report we just officially received of 501c3 status from the federal government in the US so we are setting up a payment system for direct donations through our website so stay tuned for more updates and please direct friends, family and colleagues to our website for donations!
- Trish Henwood