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Making a Difference in Jamaica

by Manju Alexander

Making a Difference in Jamaica

In April 2018, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) approached the SDMS Foundation about organizing an obstetrical (OB) sonography workshop in Jamaica. The purpose of the trip was to evaluate the state of OB sonography and training in Jamaica as well as to provide didactic and hands-on training to the Jamaican physicians and sonographers.

The team charged with achieving this mission was comprised of Ted Whitten, BA, RDMS, RVT, FSDMS, the President-elect of the SDMS and the SDMS Foundation, Emily Downs, BS, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, RT, a sonography educator, SDMS member, and International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research (IFSER) Board member, and Dr. Karen Sohan, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician from Trinidad.

One short month later, the team was on the ground in Kingston, Jamaica at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital and Kingston Public Hospital. During the three-day visit, the team provided hands-on OB specific sonography training for doctors and sonographers, assisted with scanning patients, and toured and evaluated the facilities. Physicians and sonographers traveled from all over Jamaica to attend the educational seminars and all expressed great appreciation for the team’s assistance and training.

“I wish every sonographer could do something like this. Getting stretched out of your comfort zone is difficult, but it is very rewarding,” said Ted Whitten. “I was really impressed with the passion of the sonographers and physicians. They were so eager to learn. I feel like I have a new family in Jamaica!”

The SDMS Foundation and the team who traveled to Jamaica would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance.

  • Dr. Evon Berry, Victoria Jubilee Hospital
  • Kayiba Medlen, PAHO/WHO Radiological Health Program
  • Dr. Hedwig Goede, PAHO/WHO Representation, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands
  • Andrea Dyer, Jamaican Ministry of Health

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