Ultrasound Equipment Assists Students with Hands-On Training

Jennifer CoulombeBlog, Malawi, Medicine, Tanzania, Uganda

There is a big difference between learning about a lifesaving medical procedure from a book verse being able to learn and practice the skill in real time to gain confidence and mastery. Seed Global Health has partnered with 27 teaching sites in five African countries to help translate theory into practice through classroom and clinical education, mentorship, and introducing new tools and skills. This has included equipping skills labs in midwifery, and introducing simulation-based education in partnership with U.S. academic institutions.

Simulators, in particular, provide a much easier way to learn and teach ultrasound. Medical equipment and supplies give students practical, hands-on training, both through campus skills labs and on the hospital wards where they do rounds with faculty. However, the availability of medical simulation equipment to gain these skills can be inaccessible and costly in low-resource settings.

Seed is partnering with CAE, a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets, to provide ultrasound simulator machines to Seed partner sites.

“CAE Healthcare and Seed Global Health have a shared mission to improve healthcare education and patient outcomes,” said Wendy Jo Wilkinson, Chief Nursing Officer of CAE Healthcare. “We are pleased to provide ultrasound simulators and models that will accelerate learning among healthcare professionals and improve clinical care.”

Last year, Seed worked with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) to introduce CAE Blue Phantom simulation mannequins to support the education and training of medical residents in the ICU. This simulation equipment was so well received at MUHAS, it has been integrated into the curriculum in both medicine and nursing to enhance student skills in critical care.

This year, three simulation machines are currently en route to three Seed partner countries – Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. In-country partners see a tremendous value in this partnership, ultimately leading to more effective results for patients.

“The teaching of ultrasound skills at the College of Medicine will be revolutionized and propelled to greater technological heights by the acquisition of the simulator,” said Prof. Nyengo Mkandawire, Dean Faculty of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Malawi, “and the ultimate beneficiary will be the Malawian patient.”

“MUST is forever grateful for all the support we have received from Seed, including training materials like those provided by CAE to assist our students in hands on learning,” says Prof. Gertrude Kiwanuka, Dean faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. “Our partnership with Seed has not only built local capacity but has also transformed many Ugandans such as those who seek health care at MUST Teaching Hospital, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.”

“We are grateful for CAE Healthcare in donating ultrasound simulators and training materials to our partner sites,” Seed Global Health CEO Dr. Vanessa Kerry. “CAE shares our mission to educate a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care with a goal of saving lives and improving health.”

Seed will share stories and photos of the hands-on learning provided by this partnership as CAE provides video training on the equipment in the coming weeks.