Purpose: Advance education and effective implementation of diagnostic and procedural clinical ultrasound in the developing and international context.
Jessica N. Schmidt, MD, FACEP - Co-chair
Andrea Dreyfuss, MD - Co-chair
Goals for the year:
- More effectively interface and collaborate with United States and international organizations with a similar focus, for example, the African Ultrasound Committee within the African Federation of Emergency Medicine.
RESOURCES FOR CHARITABLE ULTRASOUND EQUIPMENT REQUESTS
ONLINE LINKS AND RESOURCES FOR ULTRASOUND IN LOW-RESOURCE SETTINGS
Partners In Health Manual of Ultrasound for Resource Limited Settings: a comprehensive, color 400+ page manual of ultrasound focusing on point-of-care ultrasound in the developing world. Includes a case compendium at the back of the book, and is free to download online.
Free Online Textbook Chapter on Ultrasound in Tropical Diseases in Enrico Brunetti and colleagues. From the larger EFSUMB - European Course Book edited by Christoph Dietrich.
ORGANIZATIONS OF INTEREST
International Radiology Exchange is a non-profit organization specializing in global medical imaging outreach.
Worldwide organization focusing on emergency and critical care ultrasound education.
Partners In Health
A global, non profit organization specializing in improvement in health care delivery and development in low resource settings. PIH has successful ultrasound programs in their hospitals in Haiti, Malawi, Rwanda and Lesotho. For more information contact Sachita Shah, Director of Ultrasound Education via the PIH website.
Doctors Without Borders
An international, medical non-profit organization that provides aid in humanitarian disasters, both man-made and natural.
International Medical Core
IMC is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization that specializes in both emergency relief and development programs in resource poor settings.
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE
Institute for International Medicine is an educational non-profit dedicated to equipping health care providers with the skills to provide medical care in remote settings.
QUICK TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN PLANNING YOUR TRIP
- Consider bringing a loaner ultrasound machine with extra batteries in case the equipment at your site malfunctions. Don’t forget to carry a letter stating the value of the equipment for customs!
- Make sure your visa and passport is up to date, with enough extra pages.
- Register for medical evacuation insurance. Potential plans are offered by www.internationalsos.com
- Don’t forget a travel medicine appointment beforehand, and check the CDC website for what you will need.
- Bring a copy of your medical license with you if you will be doing patient care while training