Under the Omani Sun – Outreach returns to Muscat

Under the warm Omani sun – as warm as the hospitality of the people of this gracious country, ISUOG Outreach returns to Muscat for Week 2 of Phase I of the program here. With the 28 trainees from all across the Sultanate having returned, it was a wonderful reunion for the ISUOG Outreach trainers to catch up with the trainees whom they’ve been engaging with for the past 6 months remotely as they hone in on their scanning technique.

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Dr Titia Cohen-Overbeek delivering a lecture to the Oman Trainees (Image courtesy of G.A Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

Reflecting on the day with optimism for the rest of the week is the Oman Project Lead, Dr. Titia Cohen-Overbeek who shares her experience on the blog:

“With great pleasure we returned after six months to the Royal Hospital of Sultan Qaboos for our second week of the ISUOG Outreach program for training in obstetric and gynecological ultrasound. In the past half year, the previous four trainers – Dr Nimrah Abbasi from Canada, Dr Valeria Angioni from Estonia, Pauline Schut and myself from the Netherlands – have kept weekly contact with our groups of seven trainees. Images concerning biometry, early pregnancy, twins and a variety of abnormal pregnancies were shared. This medium guaranteed that we were always available for questions and could reply swiftly but even more importantly the trainees kept contact among them selves. As some work in remote areas without easy access to other colleagues the digital connection provides a good opportunity for consulting and sharing knowledge.

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Oman Outreach (Image courtesy of G.A Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

This time, our team has expanded with new additions joining the team – Dr Divya Singh, radiologist from Chandigarh, India and Flora Mates ISUOG’s Project Development Assistant to both coordinate the data collection from the trainers but also to assist Gesu Antonio Baez, ISUOG’s International Development Coordinator on site. As women run solely obstetric and gynecological medicine in Oman, Flora will be in a more comfortable position to monitor the requirements in our ultrasound rooms. The addition of Divya to our team ensures that our trainee groups are now smaller to facilitate more hands-on teaching time for the trainees. Dr. Theodora Pepera, ISUOG’s Special Representative to Ghana also joined the team to observe the Omani program at first glance and learn from its successes in order to bring back to Ghana, following the end of the Ghana program back in December.

Our first day worked out to be great. First of all, the happy reunion with our trainees and especially with Dr Mousa who runs her department with 10.000 deliveries a year very effectively. Her ability to organise many meetings and courses, run a large department and keep smiling all the time while her phone is buzzing is an example for everybody.

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Oman Outreach trainees (Image courtesy of G.A Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

The lectures this week will cover a variety of subjects, from Doppler ultrasound to fetal anatomy and gynecological ultrasound. And as always, a pre- and post-theoretical test was administered to assess their retention of last week’s material.

Most particularly during the practical assessment, before we started the hands-on teaching session, we could easily see that those who had had weekly regular scanning time had greatly improved and were incorporating the systematic approach to scanning which was taught in the first week. After a full day starting at six in the morning and finishing with a debrief at seven in the evening, we detected a beach restaurant only 15 minutes away from our Omani base – The Platinum Hotel. The ambience was sublime with 37 C (98 F) in the evening much to the delight of those of us from colder Northern Europe and Canada. Feeling satisfied with the way training went today, we look forward to the next four days.”

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Oman Outreach (Image courtesy of G.A Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

Be sure to continue to follow our blog for more updates and stories from the team in Muscat throughout the week! And don’t forget to join ISUOG as it celebrates 10 years of ISUOG Outreach on Twitter with the hashtag #OutreachTurns10.

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