It’s the third day of the Outreach training program and scanning continues.
The differing knowledge levels amongst the trainees are starting to present themselves through the student’s case presentations, which are a reflection of the scanning experience to date. Some trainees have had few opportunities to scan patients as part of their own training, largely due to minimal access to machines, while others have completed up to 7000 scans since their last trip in September! In terms of their presentations, this means some have very few cases to present while others are able to draw on a large range of example.
Language continues to be an issue for some of the trainees with many not speaking a lot of English. Despite this, one trainee went above and beyond and made an effort to translate her slides into English and present in English, much to the delight of the volunteers! The trainees are in general encouraged to take up a second language by the chief of the hospital, which we all support, and in the meantime the onsite coordinator, Tsedmaa continues to very kindly simultaneously translate all the presentations on site.
Today’s presentation topics included the role of ultrasound in emergency obstetrics and delivery and the scanning focus was on how to do a simple test for possible tracheoesophageal fistula and the significance of echogenic fluid. A small group of trainees also looked at the E A V waves, isovolumic relaxation and contraction and Tei index – lots of discovery and great engagement from the students!
All in all the students’ skills and knowledge are quickly improving and they will no doubt continue to do so throughout the week! The group have demonstrated a lot of interest in Doppler scanning, which is a new topic introduced in the third level Outreach training.
The volunteers have also had a chance to get to know each other better over large quantities of food – a great way to spend and evening!