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Rambam Provides Ultrasound Training for Medical Students Traveling to Africa

Publication Date: 8/15/2019 | by: Rambam

As part of their internship, students will fly to Uganda to provide humanitarian assistance in a local hospital after receiving unique ultrasound training at Rambam Health Care Campus.

Professor Doron Norman treating a patient
Photography: Spokesperson’s Office, RHCC.
Dr. Danny Espstein trains medical students. Photography: 3D Systems.
Professor Doron Norman treating a patient Photography: Spokesperson’s Office, RHCC. Dr. Danny Espstein trains medical students. Photography: 3D Systems.

A small group Israeli medical students recently spent a day at Rambam Health Care Campus to receive intensive ultrasound training, prior to their departure for Uganda as part of a humanitarian medical aid mission to Africa.

The students will stay in Uganda as part of one of their internships. Six students from the Technion will fly on August 19th for a period of three weeks and six students from Tel Aviv University will depart on September 7th. The students will join the medical staff at the local Kiboga Hospital and assist in receiving trauma patients, as well as patients with pathological heart problems and other health disorders who will be coming to the hospital for ultrasound diagnoses. They will be accompanied by Dr. Danny Epstein, a resident in Rambam’s Department of Internal Medicine B.

At Rambam, the students received comprehensive instruction using a high-end medical simulator— designed by the company 3D Systems—for study and training in complex medical procedures, which include surgeries, tests, and more. The simulator enabled them to improve their clinical simulation practice, medical and clinical practice by allowing them to experience procedures such as echocardiograms, pulmonary ultrasounds, clinical case simulations, and trauma protocols. They were trained by Dr. Epstein; Department of Internal Medicine H resident Dr. Erez Marcusohn; and Department of Medical Imaging resident Dr. Erez Klein.

The students will take ultrasound devices with them to Africa and apply what they learned in order to assist the local population. The importance of the training that took place at Rambam is tremendous, ensuring that these students will become skilled and practiced, and able to function at a high level when performing field diagnostics and procedures.