We are nearing the end of the training week and the volunteers have taken this opportunity to get to know some of the trainees a bit better, many of whom have completed all three stages of the training program and have become familiar faces.
There are 18 trainees in total all coming from a range of backgrounds and regions within Mongolia and representing hospitals from nine different provinces. Around half of the trainees work in more remote clinics, using the hospitals in Ulaanbaatar as their main referral centres.
Those working in more rural settings are all based in clinics that are connected to the main hospitals in the capital and use telemedicine facilities to review the more difficult cases. This means that most patients are managed locally with only the necessary cases transferred to the main hospitals.
Student presentations today included some interesting cases: cephaloceles, diastrophic dysplasia, thanatophoric dysplasia and ectopic pregnancies.
Tomorrow will be the final day of lectures. Dr. Jeanty, who has led all three trips to Mongolia, has seen the trainees steadily grow and feels certain that the majority will be competent, confident scanners by the end the week with the ability and enthusiasm to grow their skills independently. Providing teaching methods that are sustainable in the long term is a key goal for ISUOG’s Outreach program.