We have had a busy week here in Armidale. This week we have embarked on our second study which is a retrospective chart review examining the potential benefits of implementing POC US into the ED at the Rural Referral Hospital in Armidale. It has been a tedious process going through hundreds of paper charts, but hopefully the results will provide valuable insight to see how US can help the patient population of this rural hospital. We have also been able to witness the inner workings of a rural ED, and the unique challenges that they face compared to more urban hospitals. Here in Armidale, the radiology department is only open until 6 pm so the doctors often have to be resourceful and rely on their clinical skills (and POC ultrasound) after hours!
We’ve enjoyed our stay in Armidale and we are making friends with a lot of the students. We are jealous though, because the students are our age or younger, but are already in their last year of medical school. Medical School is combined with undergrad here so you can become a doctor by 22 if you want!
Cheers from Australia!