We offer POCUS training through MedicScan, our medical training platform. Today, we interviewed Dr Lucy, who took our train-the-trainer course, to learn more about her experience with our program.
Esther: Thank you so much, Dr Lucy, for giving us this opportunity from your busy schedule.
I will go straight to my questions. Why did you participate in this training?
Dr Lucy: I participated in POCUS Training because it allowed me to learn a new skill crucial in making diagnoses in my line of practice. Secondly, it was under a sponsorship program, so I had no financial challenges. The training venue was easily accessible to me, and thus, I didn’t have challenges accessing physical classes.
Esther: That is amazing. How do local physicians examine patients without ultrasound machines?
Dr Lucy: In most cases, patients are asked to get images done and reviewed by radiologists/ sonographers. However, some obstetricians and cardiologists have their own portable ultrasound machines where they can take images and diagnose by the patient’s bedside.
Esther: That’s interesting. Are there any benefits, such as income or position rank, after taking the POCUS training?
Dr Lucy: At the moment, there is no financial benefit gained. Most often I do the images pro bono for patients to learn the skills.
At my workplace, I have neither gained any salary increment nor a change of position.
Esther: Why is POCUS so important to you?
Dr Lucy: As an aspiring gynaecologist, it will be beneficial to perform bedside diagnosis, especially Obstetrics-scan
Esther: All the best. If I were to ask, what are the good and bad points of our POCUS training?
Dr Lucy: Allow me to start with the GOOD POINTS:
1. The textbook provided was easy to understand and solidified lectures
2. The lecturer, Professor Taro Minami, clearly teaches well and is very patient and makes the lecture interactive and interesting
3. The support staff are very friendly and supportive and followed up on us not to drop out
4. The training venue is accessible even on weekends for further training
To the BAD POINT(S):
1. The physical hands-on training at lunch hour. This time was quite unfavourable for me personally sometimes as I was working and attending the class was quite a challenge, I’ll appreciate moving forward if other training would be conducted in the evening.
Esther: We will put your concern into consideration. What makes our POCUS training better than other service providers?
Dr Lucy: More of the advantages I shared above: the textbook provided, the presence of Professor Taro Minami as the lecturer and of course a very supportive staff.
Esther: Please give specific details of what you liked about our POCUS training.
Dr Lucy: The textbook provided and the presence of Professor Minami.
Esther: Please tell us in detail what was specifically wrong with our POCUS training.
Dr Lucy: The timing was not favourable for me. The rest was okay with me
Esther: Alright. What other areas of POCUS would you like to train in?
Dr Lucy: That would be Obstetrics/gynaecology. This is the area I want to major in.
Esther: Please tell us specifically which areas you would like to be trained in. Why?
Dr Lucy: That would be
- Female reproductive organs
- How to offer bedside diagnosis for Gynaecology cases
Esther: The medical world is another area where we must work with the private sector. For example, what kind of startups would make a difference in Kenyan healthcare?
Dr Lucy: I think fertility clinics that provide all care under one roof and mini laparoscopic surgeries, especially in gynaecology, would be a good start.
Esther: What kind of doctor do you want to be in 10 years?
Dr Lucy: I would love to be a gynaecologist who can easily offer bedside POCUS as an adjuvant in diagnosis-making.
Esther: All the best Dr Lucy, and thank you for your time.
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