Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
How long was the ultrasound-related portion of your trip? 4 weeks
How many UCI medical students were a part of your team? 6 MS2s, 4 MS3s
Did you conduct ultrasound research? If so, what type? Ultrasound education/training, Chronic Effects of Longterm Schistosomiasis Exposure and Diagnostic Use of Ultrasound
When was your first team meeting to plan for your trip? 1/17/2014
When did your group submit their IRB? 3/24/2014
How many abstracts did your group (in total) submit to the World Congress in Ultrasound Medical Education Conference in Portland this year? 5
Which other conferences did your group submit abstracts to? AAMC Annual Meeting
What types of clinical activities did you participate in aside from ultrasound? Shadowing (medicine), Shadowing (surgery), Patient diagnosis (clinical tests, labs, or evaluations), Patient ultrasound (not related to research or educational training), Patient care (participated in performing procedures or treatments)
Who set-up your living arrangements for the ultrasound portion of your trip? Our wonderful contact Erick Oguta
How much did you pay for your living accommodations (total)? $100-599
Did the funds from UCI SOM for international summer travel cover your total airfare and accommodations (not includingfood) for the ultrasound portion of your trip? No
If not, how much extra did you pay out of pocket? $1-699
How many UCI SOM ultrasound machines did your group check out? 8
How many non-UCI SOM ultrasound machines did your group use on your trip? 2
Where did any non-UCI machines come from? We had 2 Sonosims lent out directly from the Sonosim company
How long did it take you to pack (approximately)? 12+ hrs
Any additional ultrasound supplies or resources your team would have liked?
Materials to donate (ie. old machines, probes, books on ultrasound) – understandably hard to do but would have been nice!
More pathology clips for teaching our course because the students were really interested in pathology. Also towels and ultrasound gel – we had to buy that in Tanzania.
In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently on your trip?
I wish we had extended our trip to include more time for research. We went in pairs to Ukerewe Island and had to be there for 2-3 days minimum (because the boat out there is a crowded 3 hours each way). This meant that each pair had to miss out on 1-2 ultrasound teaching sessions while we were on the island.
Recommendations for those going to the same place next summer:
Submit the IRB as early as humanly possible. We submitted early, but it still took forever to get approved. It is a stress to avoid.
Take advantage of all the shadowing and clinical opportunities. I learned so much and saw a lot of pathology that connected the dots of our 1st year med school curriculum!
Be flexible! Not everything will go according to plan so be able to adapt to new circumstances.
Explore! You’re in a new country with unfamiliar surroundings and people but don’t be scared to step outside your comfort