Dubai: New certification on the proper use of ultrasound to improve health professionals

The “first of its kind” program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is open to healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses and paramedics currently practicing in a clinical setting and wishing to learn or improve their skills. bedside ultrasound skills.

The one-year program includes theoretical knowledge courses, skill-building sessions at the MBRU simulation center, and practice using POCUS diagnostic skills in a clinical setting. General Electric (GE) Healthcare sponsored the development of program content by MBRU and the supply of ultrasound equipment for the program.

While theoretical knowledge will be acquired online, learners will spend most of their time practicing the skills in workshops and in their clinical settings. Learners will receive timely feedback from faculty members. The program is overseen by Dr Rasha Buhumaid, assistant professor of emergency medicine and program director, and MBRU faculty members Dr Rashid Al Sharhan, Dr Ralf Krage and Dr Paddy Kilian, as well as d other eminent doctors from UAE-based hospitals.

A written exam and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will take place towards the end of the program at MBRU’s Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center.

“POCUS has grown in popularity over the years as an inexpensive, painless and user-friendly technique, making it crucial to train our healthcare professionals on how to use it correctly,” said Professor Sulaiman Alemran. , Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education.

“MBRU is now part of the Dubai Academic Health Corporation. The new POCUS program aligns with the Company’s strategic priorities to improve health outcomes as well as deliver transformative education and a future-ready workforce. I invite the healthcare community in the emirate and the region to enroll in the program and benefit from the expertise it brings,” he added.

Dr Rasha Buhumaid, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Program Director, said: “MBRU has introduced a certificate program in POCUS as the method is being adopted across disciplines and there is a growing demand for skills development among the active healthcare community in the UAE. . The program will help hospitals, clinics and the wider healthcare community keep up with the rapidly changing industry.

Dr. Rasha added, “Healthcare professionals should be careful when evaluating product capabilities as POCUS devices vary; some have more advanced features and functionality than others. These types of programs will help them understand the benefits and applications of technology. »

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