The whole team arrived safely in Accra yesterday from various places – Copenhagen, Naples, Houston, Berlin, London and Adelaide. We had our first meeting this morning where we got to know each other – some of us were meeting each other for the first time – and to discuss the upcoming Outreach training course in Kumasi. The overarching theme of the meeting was clearly how eager everyone is to start interacting with the trainees. For Professors Tabor and Paladini this will be their second visit to Kumasi, after having carried out the first outreach training course there in September 2010, but for the rest of the team this is their first time in Ghana.
This is also my first time in Ghana, and as the manager of the Outreach Program, I feel very privileged to be here with such a strong team of dedicated experts. This will be a great opportunity to strengthen our existing ties with our friends in Kumasi and to make new ones.
What will be particularly interesting for ISUOG this time is the format of the training course. As this is the second visit, we will be doing one day of lectures to review what was taught last time and to introduce some new material, but the focus will be on practical hands-on training. This will take place every day at the three hospitals which received an ultrasound system donation from Siemens in September. We hope that this will help us to see the extent to which scanning has been integrated into daily clinical practice, and to work together with the trainees to find ways in which this can be further encouraged.
We have now arrived in Kumasi and have settled into our hotel, our home sweet home for the week. We will be starting bright and early tomorrow with an opening ceremony organised by our local host, Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng of MCI. We’re looking forward to starting another great week of teaching and learning!
We will be updating you with our daily impressions throughout the week, so stay tuned for more.