Educational Outreach Works to Improve Anesthesia Outcomes in Kenya
In 2009, there were roughly 59 medically trained anesthesiologists in Kenya for a population of 35 million. In efforts to accommodate for the limited number of anesthesiologists, the Kenyan government created an 18-month training program for independent mid-level anesthesia providers, or Clinical Officers, and supported initiatives to pay for their training.
In order to improve global outcomes in anesthesia, Case Western Reserve University’s Masters of Science in Anesthesia program has coordinated an endeavor to teach anesthesia to Clinical Officers at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC). Sabena Kachwalla, CAA and Clinical Instructor, joined Dr. Quentin Fisher, M.D. and Adjunct Assistant Professor (Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine) in Nairobi.
“With Dr. Fisher I had the privileged opportunity to teach anesthesia to the Clinical Officers. I gave lectures on trauma, neuro, blood-gas interpretation, difficult airways, burns, geriatrics, safety in the O.R., endocrine disorders, and O.B. emergencies,” said Kachwalla. “We certified the Clinical Officers in Basic Life Support and gave a condensed course in Advanced Cardiac Life Support”.
In the United States, mid-level anesthesia providers almost always practice under the guidance of an anesthesiologist, who has completed four years of medical school and four additional years in an anesthesia residency program. The Clinical Officers work independently, without the guidance and support of anesthesiologists, and have a lot of information and clinical skills to learn in just 18 months. The CWRU-KMTC collaboration is a step in the right direction.
“We hope to continue this educational collaboration between our program and the Clinical Officers at KMTC in order to improve the safety and outcomes in anesthesia in Kenya,” said Kachwalla.
Student Research Abroad Opportunities
Many students who study abroad complete research as part of their international experience, and the Office of Education Abroad can help interested students find study abroad programs that offer research opportunities or components to meet their interests.
Over 20 programs in at least as many countries offer research opportunities for students. If you know any students interested in pursuing research abroad, please encourage them to find out more by attending All About Research Abroad (Thursday, February 4th at 4pm in Tomlinson 135) and/or reaching out to a study abroad advisor
CWRU study abroad students have exciting opportunities. They can join the Design-Centric Programme at the National University of Singapore like study abroad alumni and computer engineering major Jean Castillo
; collaborate with African biologists to complete field research on biodiversity in Equatorial Guinea with a Drexel semester abroad; pursue directed research in public health or the humanities in Manipal, India; participate in a full semester of research with EuroScholars’ elite programs that include all disciplines; spend a summer completing STEM research in Europe; and more.
If you’re interested in starting your own international research program, check out these great resources
on our website.