Drs. Olejniczak and Weinkauf Anesthesiology leads for new collaboration with Kabul University of Medical Sciences

A new partnership is underway between the University of Minnesota and Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS). The project goal is to improve clinical, educational, professional and leadership skills for health sciences faculty in Kabul, Afghanistan, in order to help them meet projected workforce needs. Drs. Olejniczak and Weinkauf are the technical leads for the Department of Anesthesiology.

The work plan includes a series of exchanges in host countries with activities designed to help KUMS faculty bring educational materials and skills home to implement with feedback and refinement support from afar.

The first workshop took place in Manipal, India in January 2018 with support from the Manipal University Anesthesia Department Faculty. The workshop emphasized both classroom and simulation teaching techniques and included basic life support (BLS) training. This workshop was the first time KUMS faculty had had the opportunity to practice CPR on a mannequin. The course also included clinical observation in the operating theaters at Kasturba Hospital on the Manipal University Campus.

doctor performing cprThe next workshop is planned for May 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda and will be a joint workshop with midwifery to focus on safe obstetric care.

The collaborative project is funded by a $1.2 million sub-award grant from FHI360, a large global development organization funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement a 5-year, $96 million initiative strengthening higher education in Afghanistan. Carolyn Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, Associate Professor and Director of Global Health for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing is the Principal Investigator for the sub-grant. She can be contacted via email at porta@umn.edu.

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