Ultrasound advances research and education in Uganda


Dr. Jessica Schmidt, director of global health for emergency medicine, received a seed grant last year to develop a project aimed at creating a training and research program in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in Mbale, Uganda.

In partnership with local pediatricians and preeminent medical researcher, Dr. Peter Olupot-Olupot, the project aims to leverage POCUS to evaluate children and gain a better understanding of childhood diseases such as sepsis, cerebral malaria, and tuberculosis. The ultimate goal is to improve patient care and survival rates in Uganda's low-resource setting.

In August, Dr. Schmidt’s team trained 15 clinicians in ECHO, lung, and ocular ultrasound. The training program has continued over the last six months with residents, faculty, and fellows from the UW visiting Mbale Regional Hospital for ongoing bedside training. Regular visits planned through the rest of 2020.

Read Dr. Schmidt's full update on the Ultrasound Uganda project: http://bit.ly/31V0ME0

A photo album of project activities over the last year can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uwemed/albums

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*Disclaimer: Neither Dr. Schmidt, the University of Wisconsin, or the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine received sponsorship from SonoSite for this blog post. Dr. Schmidt submitted her story solely to benefit the international ultrasound community and to advance the use of POCUS in low-resource settings.