Boost in ultrasound education

FIJI National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences has been selected by the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) as the site for its future Pacific region Centre of Education.

Head of department of medical imaging and anatomy Raymond Keshwan said it was a milestone achievement for ultrasound practitioners in the region.

“The college and Suva (Fiji) as a whole will become the regional hub for training multidisciplinary users of ultrasound.

“I think this is a great recognition for the college as it highlights the level of resources we have and the capability of our staff to organise and deliver the workshops and to host internationally-recognised WFUMB speakers.”

“The establishment of the CoE, by mid 2019, is invaluable as it will assist professionals in diagnosing, monitoring, assessing and treatment of diseases.  The new Centre of Education will utilise the excellent facilities in medical imaging within the college and will focus on our regional needs in the field of ultrasound,” Mr Keshwan said.

WFUMB CoE regional director for Australasia, Dr Sue Westerway said they were excited to work on the new project.

“As part of the arrangement, WFUMB will financially support the CoE to around $10,000 annually for at least the next five years.

“Professionals and students will have the opportunity to learn the latest in ultrasound from expert tutors at minimum cost.

“Any learning that improves patient outcomes will advantage not only Fiji but the region as well,” Dr Westerway said.

She said one of WFUMB’s missions was to establish WFUMB Centre of Education in countries around the world where there was a need for ultrasound education.

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