December Update

This fall has marked a very busy time for PURE with members of our ever-growing team scanning and teaching ultrasound in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Liberia simultaneously!

In October and early November we had residents and fellows, Drs. Phindi Chowa, Kenn Ghaffarian and Mike Rubin join the team. They worked with our Rwanda programs coordinator Dr. Paul Pageau and made good progress with our large training cohort in Kigali. Paul and one of our top Rwandan PURE trainers, Dr. Gabin Mbanjumucyo, then travelled to represent PURE teaching at the ultrasound pre-congress for the African Federation of Emergency Medicine conference. Gabin was elected as Rwanda’s representative for the newly formed African Ultrasound Committee, and PURE’s President Dr. Trish Henwood will serve as International Advisor to the Committee.

In the meantime, Drs. Katie O’Brien and Lisa Bebell were busy in Mbarara, Uganda continuing to work with our first group of trainees from a cross-section of specialties at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital who have been making great process!  Late November found PURE leaders Drs. Megan Leo and Dave Mackenzie joining Paul and veteran sonographer David Adams in Kigali to lead our second annual train-the-trainer course as we continue to help build skills and contribute to local teaching capacity.

Trish was across the continent in West Africa, and grateful to secure a Micromaxx generously donated to PURE by Sonosite. She was teaching colleagues and using point-of-care ultrasound to assist in the care of the patients she was treating while working clinically at an Ebola Treatment Unit in northern Liberia with International Medical Corps. She found there were many ultrasound findings that helped patient management and give a better idea of pathophysiology, and she is hoping to return to the region to continue the work soon.

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