This Tue 3rd of December, 2019 we have our third Inspire Through Clinical Teaching Course at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. This has been made possible through a grant. The previous courses were successful and we have been able to recruit local faculty. Dr. Naomi Shamambo, an anaesthesiologist at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia shall be joining us. She is on the Inspire steering committee and leads the courses in Zambia independently.
Dr. Mark Gacii who runs the WFSA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship shall be part of the faculty. He attended the Inspire course in Addis in May this year. He has been instrumental in ensuring that we continue to have the Inspire courses in Nairobi.
We have a diverse local faculty from different universities in the country who act as Inspire course ambassadors. Participants have been doctors in various fields and we believe this will have a great impact on improving quality of training and developing a network of medical educators.
Thanks to the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists and to the University of Nairobi, Anaesthesia Department for the great support through the courses. The Anaesthesia Department at the Kenyatta National Hospital has provided the training venue each time.
Dr. Victoria Simiyu
One of our goals during Inspire Through Clinical Teaching is to identify course participants with a passion for medical education and teaching and mentor them as faculty for future courses.
Why do we need local faculty?
- Because local faculty understand the challenges of teaching in their specific clinical and classroom environment.
- Because local faculty will help ensure this course continues in a sustainable way.
- Because local ownership and embedding Inspire Through Clinical Teaching within existing curricula is one of our main goals.
This weekend in Addis Ababa we held our third ever Faculty Development day. Ten anesthesiologists and anesthesia providers who took part in our first Ethiopian Inspire Through Clinical Teaching course joined us to reflect on what teaching means to them #iteachbecause, discuss the role of formative assessment in helping learners develop as clinicians, and practice using different models of giving feedback. In case you’re wondering, Pendleton’s Rules won by a landslide as their favourite way of giving feedback.
Faculty Development Day also gives participants a chance to practice delivering different parts of the course, which was especially useful because during the following week Dr Rediet Shimeles and Dr Mahder Barahi (Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa University) joined us as co-facilitators for Inspire Ethiopia 2. They both delivered excellent workshops on Teaching in the Clinical Environment and Large Group Teaching. I’m excited to see where these two strong leaders and educators take Inspire Through Clinical Teaching in the future.
I want to thank CASIEF (https://casief.ca) for their funding and support in making the last two weeks happen. Thank you to Dr. Sonia Akrimi and Dr. Amon Ngongola for traveling all the way from the UK and Zambia. Thank you to the Black Lion Hospital and Addis Ababa for hosting us.
And finally, thank you for teaching me all about injera, shiro, and the right way to make coffee!
We are now less than a week from the start of our inaugural Inspire Through Clinical Teaching course in Addis Ababa University/Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia. We will be running two courses back to back, with a faculty development day in between, funded by www.casief.ca. I think we have most things organized before next Tuesday’s start.
Many thanks to Dr Mahder Barahi and Dr Ananya Anate for hosting us in Addis. It’s really exciting to take the course to a new place and I find that the best part of teaching on the course is meeting new people. There’s been a lot of interest in Addis with participants lined up from several different institutions and multiple specialties/professions. I’m also excited to spend a little more time in Addis, CASIEF has been partnered with Addis Ababa University for some years now but I’ve only had the chance to visit once before just last year.
For me two of the key things about the Inspire course is local ownership, and developing a network of medical educators. I’m used to working with Dr Amon Ngongola (see picture) in the pediatric operating rooms at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia – where he is a pediatric surgeon. Next week he’s travelling (pending visa) to Addis to be the course director for the Inspire course, having been involved in several courses in Lusaka. I’m also looking forward to seeing Dr Mark Gacii again, who is coming to Addis to take the course as a participant. I met Mark in Nairobi last year during another Inspire course, where he runs the WFSA Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship. No doubt potential future Ethiopian faculty will be recruited in the first course next week and will help to co-facilitate the next course, and there is always plenty to learn from course participants.
Finally really glad Dr Sonia Akrimi will be coming for the first course next week, and Dr Purnima Rao for the week after. They both have impressive medical education résumés and are both Inspire course authors. I think we have an ideal mix of medical educators with different levels of experience from diverse backgrounds. Watch this space for more details as the course runs – and I’ll try to post some pictures on the Instagram feed (link at bottom of the page) during the course if I get good enough internet in Addis.
— Dr. Dylan Bould
It’s an exciting time for Inspire Through Clinical Teaching. After 3 years, a dozen courses, 5 countries, and over 300 participants, Inspire has made it online!
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None of this would have been possible without a lot of people’s time, hard work, creativity, support and encouragement. Thank you to our course creators, our course directors and facilitators, and our participants. We’ve learnt a lot from each other and had a lot of fun along the way. Thank you to the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Society of Anaesthetists of Zambia (SAZ) for working with us to establish Inspire Through Clinical Teaching and to spread the word about our course. Thank you to the Global Anaesthesia Development Project (GADP), Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), UKaid, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF), Institute of Health Science Education (IHSE), and the WFSA for their financial support of Inspire Through Clinical Teaching courses. And thank you to you, our reader, for visiting our website and for your interest in Inspire.
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