Time has been moving very quickly for us here in Porto Alegre. With only one more week left, we are not looking forward to saying goodbye to the city and its people who have made us feel so welcome during our stay here. There is still a lot of work to be done though as we wrap up our course and administer exams to all the residents who participated in our study. It seems the world cup ended at just the right time!
Last week was a very exciting one for us, since we had the opportunity to shadow the residents as they made their rounds after we finished our instruction each day. With the permission of the patients and supervision of Dra. Ana Tonelli, we were allowed to scan a number of patients and diagnose a range of pathologies from pleural effusion to papilledema. It was an amazing experience to be able to apply our ultrasound skills outside the classroom and see firsthand how powerful of a diagnostic tool it can be. During our rounds, we were also able to see the placement of an ultrasound-guided central line in the femoral vein – a technique that we had taught the residents just a few days earlier!
Next weekend, after the completion of our course, we leave Porto Alegre and head to Iguazu Falls to explore one of the most beautiful sites in all of South America. Until then, there is still much work to be done and many more churrascos to be enjoyed.
As always, check out http://ecoamos.tumblr.com/ for pictures and updates of our progress.
Oh, and parabéns, Alemanha.