Welcome to MedicScan, a resource platform for all healthcare providers, where we offer POCUS Training Course to eligible primary healthcare providers.
We take time to interview one of our recently graduated POCUS Trainee.
Esther: Thank you so much for finding time to give us your feedback. I must congratulate your for completing and graduating from the POCUS Course. We hope that you can now put your skills into practise.
To start with, why did you participate in this training?
Allan: There has been a gap for physicians in terms of knowledge and skills especially in the emergency and critical care setting in assisting in making immediate decision on life saving procedures using the ultrasound guided bedside procedures. And thus the Knowledge and skills gained here was objectively specific to the challenge we meet in the clinical areas thus very helpful.
Besides the favourable cost for gaining this knowledge and skill has been very affordable compared to other trainers thanks to MedicScan-AfricaScan Inc.. Without forgetting the good training environment in terms of the good machines used, qualified and reputable POCUS trainers and the simulating lab as well.
Esther: Wow, amazing. How do local physician examine patients without ultrasound machines?
Allan: Most use anatomical landmarks in the cases of Central line insertions, as well as patient clinical
presentation in the cases of shock, which is not always accurate or may lead to unprecedented complications as compared to when using POCUS.
Esther: Oh, I see. Are there benefits in terms of income or position from taking the POCUS Training Course?
Allan: No real direct benefit on income, unless indirectly when you are more skilled you may get some benefits in terms of salary, or performing a POCUS assisted procedure like central line insertion,
pericardiocentesis etc. One can also be placed to a certain position which otherwise you wouldn’t in be were it not for the additional POCUS knowledge and skills.
Esther: Understood. And why do you think POCUS is so important, especially to you?
Allan: POCUS is very important in my day to day interactions with the different clinical patients’
presentations in the emergency setting. POCUS is more goal oriented, which helps us to answer
simple binary questions (yes/no) assisting me in immediate decision making especially during resuscitations, diagnosing, as well as some therapeutic procedures.
Esther: Great. With an honest opinion, what were the good and bad points of our POCUS Training?
Allan: First of all it’s hard for me to find something bad about this training which has been so resourceful to me.
On the GOOD PART am grateful it that this course has equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform timely life saving procedures on my patients.
On perhaps what to improve on, is during trainings the ratio of the ultrasound machine per trainees should be at least 1:3 and all machines should have the required probes for all the POCUS examinations to be done at any given time.
Esther: Thank you for your honest feedback, we will make sure to address that point.
What do you think makes our POCUS Training better than other providers?
Allan: MedicScan POCUS Training is affordable and flexible to train despite our busy schedules. This helped me start and was able to finish well without inconveniencing my work in any way.
Esther: Thank you. Please give specific details of what you loved about our POCUS Training?
Allan: Being trained by reputable and qualified professionals who are recognised internationally in this
field like Dr Taro Minami as well as the good Doctors from Kenyatta National Hospital. Also the modern simulation at the MedicScan POCUS Lab where we trained at with friendly and yet supportive staff was everything to me.
Esther: That is very encouraging to hear.
Please tell us in details what was specifically wrong with our POCUS Training.
Allan: The wrongs were not that much significant. But as I had mentioned earlier, there should be adequate machines with all the probes required on each Ultrasound machine and perhaps when one malfunctions, repairs should be done promptly for it to be availed for the next training to avoid inconveniences.
Esther: Thank you, that is well noted.
Which other areas of POCUS would you like to be trained on?
Allan: POCUS in the context of Reproductive Health and Transesophageal echocardiography would come in handy for me.
Esther: We will make sure to add that in our next series of trainings with time. And why would you like that specific training?
Allan: As an emergency and critical care clinician, POCUS in reproductive health will help me efficiently manage reproductive health related emergencies such as ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages etc.
In transesophageal echocardiography, this course will help me in identifying life threatening cardiac pathologies in hemodynamically unstable patients all for better patient outcomes.
Esther: The medical world is another area where we need to work with the private sector. For example, what kind of startups do you think would make a difference in Kenyan healthcare?
Allan: I would like to urge you together with other stakeholder partners to give support to the private sector in terms of medical machine financing as well as creating awareness of such trainings. This is believe will improve the prognosis of our patients using quality and efficient machines which are otherwise expensive or not easily accessible.
Esther: That is well noted. Lastly but not least, what kind of a doctor would you want to be in 10 years to come?
Allan: Personally I would like to venture into Cardiology or be an Emergency Room Physician.
Esther: All the best in your future career endeavours.
Thank you so much for your time and once again, congratulations for completing your course on POCUS Training.
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