CNIS Obstetrical Associate Dr. Lorraine Woolford taught two Structured Operative Obstetrics Instructors and Providers Courses in Uganda this summer. This was Dr. Woolford’s second trip to Africa this year, as she also taught the course in Africa earlier this spring. As all CNIS volunteer instructors, she brought two large bags with teaching equipment, simulators, models and manuals for the courses.
The SOO Providers Course was held in Kampala in late June. There were 11 interns in attendance. The local director was Dr. Mike Kagawa, Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G). Dr. Kagawa participated as an instructor; the other two instructors were Dr. Judith Ajeani, Lecturer (Hon), and Dr. Andabati Gonzanga, Lecturer. Dr. Gonzanga has had experience as an instructor in the obstetrical portion of ESS.
A Providers Course for “Structured Operative Obstetrics” was held for the first time in Mbarara, Uganda in July. There were 11 interns in attendance; as well a visiting McMaster University medical student participated in the course. The interns included those currently doing their Obstetrics and Gynecology (O&G) rotation, but also those from Medicine and Surgery.
The instructors were Dr. George Wasswa Ssalongo, Senior Consultant in the Department of O&G, and the local course director; Dr. Joseph Ngonzi,Lecturer in the Department of O&G; Dr. Moses Kayondo, Assistant Lecturer; and Dr. Ivan Bonet Fonseca, the new Chief of Department. The course was conducted in the Surgical Skills Lab, previously outfitted by the CNIS, at the university hospital in Mbarara.
The feedback from the students were all positive, only wishing the course was longer! “I wish all interns regardless of where they are rotating (in medicine, pediatrics and surgery) could get the opportunity to acquire such skills.”