Evaluation of US Training for the Past 6 Years at ECUREI, the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) Centre of Excellence, Kampala, Uganda
Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI) and Makerere, University Department of Radiology, Mengo Hospital, Albert Cook Road, Kampala, Uganda; Division of Diagnostic Ultrasound, Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson Ultrasound Research, Philadelphia, United States; International Health Operations, Fontys University of Applied Science, Eindohen, Netherlands
Rationale and Objectives: The objectives of this article are: To explore the impact of the Radiological Society of North America-sponsored "Teach the Teachers" training course and other capacity building interventions (CBIs) on Uganda's ultrasound (US) training capacity; compare performance of students undertaking a modular diploma ultrasound course to the non-modular; and compare performance among various health cadres undertaking US training. Materials and Methods: The impact of the "Teach the Teachers" training course and other capacity building interventions were evaluated through analysis of the planning, implementation, sustainability, and output of the training center. Comparison of students' performance in the modular and non-modular diploma courses was by a retrospective cohort methodology using odds ratios. Comparison of performance was by analyzing their mean test scores using a paired Student t-test. Results: To date, 306 students from nine African countries have successfully completed the US diploma training. Fifty (16%) are non-Ugandans. The non-modular cohort has performed better than the modular (OR = 3.2) in the final written examination. The mean test scores for the final written examinations were: 73.4%, 71.9%, 61.2%, and 57% for the doctors, radiographers, assistant physicians, and nurses/midwives, respectively. Conclusion: The Radiological Society of North America-sponsored "Teach the Teacher's course in US" together with other capacity building interventions have led to an established center of excellence for US training in Uganda. © 2010 AUR.
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