November 21st

It’s been a busy week of ultrasound education for PURE staff and trainees. Resident physicians who have been learning point-of-care ultrasound with PURE trainers changed roles this week and have done a fantastic job putting on beginner ultrasound courses for 4th year medical students. The residents participated in a train-the-trainers course this week at Centre Hospitalier Universite Kigali (CHUK), one of Rwanda’s main teaching hospitals. The train-the-trainers course provided the residents with a chance to learn approaches to teaching ultrasound at the bedside, as well as to learn some of the skills and steps required to put on an ultrasound course.
The residents did an outstanding job teaching over 100 medical students this week, delivering lectures and hands-on education to introduce physics and instrumentation, the FAST exam, and echocardiography. The response from the medical students has been overwhelmingly positive as they anticipate beginning their internships next year, and course evaluations have been filled with enthusiastic requests for additional training.
The residents have also had the chance to learn some advanced ultrasound skills with PURE trainers, including volume status assessment, nerve blocks, and vascular access. We’ve had some great scanning sessions on the wards and in the ED at CHUK and have made a number of diagnoses for the clinical teams.
Today we’re on the road south to the Centre Hospitalier Universite Butare, where the residents will deliver another course for 40 medical students. We’re looking forward to working with another motivated group of students, and to continue working to improve the skills of residents and students alike.