After an exciting week, Phase 1 Trip 1 of ISUOG Outreach in Oman officially came to an end. Trainers conducted post-assessments and noticed significant improvement in scanning. Trainees were anxious to know how they would keep in touch with their newly designated mentors. Both ISUOG Local Liaison Dr Mouza Al Salmani and ISUOG’s International Development Coordinator Gesu Antonio Báez reassured them that the WhatsApp groups recently created per team will help them keep in contact and help to fine tune their skills before the trainers return for Week 2 in April.
The day ended with a Closing Ceremony with the Omani Ministry of Health and distribution of certificates. Project Lead Dr Titia Cohen-Overbeek explains the day in detail:
“We left early for the Royal Hospital on the final day and started with the last set of lectures. ISUOG’s Education Committee had introduced for this project not only a theoretical assessment with pre and post-test questions, but also a pre and post practical assessment. This meant that on the first day the trainees had to show whether they could obtain five specific planes before any teaching was done and the same planes had to be demonstrated today by them after four days of theoretical training and practical hands-on sessions. And what a difference!
If you are not familiar with ultrasound in obstetrics and the challenges the continuously moving fetus causes, this probably means nothing to you, but we could observe enormous changes in scanning abilities. The trainees were also aware of the impact this week had brought. We had many discussions, particularly about the fact that a scan is only valuable if done correctly. The importance of using the same charts throughout the country so measurement obtained anywhere will reveal the same results, was also an issue the Ministry of Health would address.
WhatsApp groups with the trainees and their designated trainer were made to guarantee continuous communications for exchanging images, questions and education. The day ended with a happy closing ceremony in the afternoon.
Closing ceremony at the Royal Hospital in Muscat
This has been a very enjoyable first week and with the open and positive attitude of the Omani people we look forward to our return in April for the second week – inshallah!”
Dr Titia Cohen-Overbeek