June 20 – June 25:
Jack, Trevor, and I hit the ground running when we arrived in Porto Alegre after 24 hours of traveling. Our third and final flight landed in the city at 12:30 AM, and only hours later we were in front of Internal Medicine residents at Santa Casa hospital, teaching them the first of 8 topics we will cover in our Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound course. Santa Casa, which is affiliated with UFCSPA (“oofk-spa” to the locals), will also be the site of our research project, where we are looking at potential differences in learning outcomes between students (the residents) who practice with SonoSim ultrasound simulators and students who don’t. All of the residents will receive lectures and hands-on training with live models from Jack, Trevor, and me. We are also teaching our course to residents, professors, and other faculty at Hospital de Clínicas, but they will not be included in our study. Each topic will be taught 3 times in order to accommodate the residents’ and their limited availability.
That’s enough talk about our research protocol. Our first few days of teaching have gone very well — to be honest, far better than I expected they would go. The students are learning extremely quickly and are really enjoying both the hands-on training and the SonoSim. And because our students are already well-trained physicians, we teachers are lucky to be learning quite a lot from them in return. It has truly been a collaborative experience thus far.
More to come on Porto Alegre, the World Cup, our invaluable host Dr. Ana Claudia Toneli, and other cultural experiences in Brazil (spoiler: beef, and more beef!)…