PURE has been quite busy in both East and West Africa over the last several weeks! Emily Douglass, MPH headed to Mbarara, Uganda in mid-October as our research manager to help hire our local research assistants and launch baseline data collection ahead of our trauma and E-FAST ultrasound training program starting in January. We now have three fantastic RA nurses from Mbarara, Christine, Judith and Anita who are keeping quite busy enrolling and following-up on dozens of major trauma patients each week. We have a large team of emergency ultrasound trainers coordinating with the surgery department in Mbarara and we are all looking forward to the early 2016 training effort.
Last week we met with the emergency medicine residency faculty in Kigali, Rwanda to finalize curricular plans ahead of ultrasound rotations that PURE is facilitating for the Rwandan EM residents from January-April 2016. Dr. Christina Wilson from Massachusetts General Hospital will be the lead-off trainer for the rotations and we are looking forward to so much focused scan time and skills building with the residents!
Dr. Anthony Dean was quite busy training at JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia over the last month. He has been working with our resident trainees across specialties to continue building on the ultrasound knowledge that Drs. Alex Vinograd, Raja Rao, Trish Henwood and Laura Diegelmann introduced during trainings that started in July. Unfortunately, ultrasound training is on hold in the context of new Ebola cases at the hospital but we hope to resume in early 2016.
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