The participants for the ultrasound workshop at Hospital 108 were mostly doctors from the radiology department, all with varying background in ultrasound. Medical schools in Vietnam briefly train students in ultrasound for a few months, but often the doctors who specialize in ultrasound are the only physicians who get additional training. At Hospital 108, ultrasounds were purely operated by physicians, not technicians. Some of these ultrasound physicians attended our workshop. We also had other physicians from the radiology department with little experience in ultrasound since attending medical school.
On day 1, we started off the workshop with a pre-test, and then showed Dr. Fox’s podcasts on Cardiac, GI, and Lung videos that were subtitled in Vietnamese by Anh and Nancy.
Dr. Quyen, one of the ultrasound doctors, said he enjoyed learning about detecting pneumothorax using ultrasound, a technique he hadn’t heard of before.
All participants had a chance to use the ultrasound machine during the scanning session. The more experienced ultrasound doctors enjoyed trying the new compact machines versus the larger machines that they usually used for work. We demonstrated different views in cardiac, GI, and lung for the participants, and also learned from experienced ultrasound doctors.
We learned techniques on recognizing pathology such as cysts, masses, stones, and even methods to find the appendix in most patients (from Dr. Quyen).
On day 2, we wrapped up the workshop with Dr. Fox’s podcasts on Head & Neck (specifically for thyroid) and FAST videos subtitled in Vietnamese. We received feedback from Dr. Lam Khanh, Chair of Radiology, that he enjoyed the workshops and thought they were very useful. He hoped to have a longer session next year to help the younger doctors learn more ultrasound. Many of the doctors enjoyed the ultrasound videos and requested for the ones that were shown during the workshop, as well as more of Dr. Fox’s videos.
Overall, the ultrasound workshop was very successful and we received a lot of positive feedback. We hope the ultrasound workshop we introduced at Hospital 108 this summer continues next year!