Developing countries program
The EMUGs Developing Countries Scholarship is an annual POCUS Educator Scholarship where Emergency Physicians from a Developing Country are nominated and selected for POCUS training and support in Australia.
The scholarship was established by EMUGs Co-Founder Dr Brian O’Connell in 2017 and is coordinated by the EMUGs Developing Countries Working Group.
This scholarship is made possible by our Core Partners Istih and with the generous support of AIU.
Istih cover all of the scholars travel costs and AIU provide free attendance at their 5 day Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (POCUS) course.
This generosity reflects these organisations commitment to taking POCUS training to those who desperately need it.
The primary goals of this initiative is to set up ‘Train the trainer’ models of ultrasound education and quality improvements in developing countries.
Participating doctors also:
Scholars have a commitment to:
The first Scholarship recipient was Dr Gentle Shrestha from Nepal. Dr Shrestha attended an advanced training course provided by our partners at AIU and delivered excellent presentations on POCUS in resource poor environments at EMUGs Meetings.
Solid connections were made between ultrasound educators in Australia and Nepal including shared authorship of a new 'POCUS in Developing Countries' book currently being written.
Dr Shrestha’s Report - How the scholarship has assisted in Nepal
EMUGs Blog 2015: Supporting Ultrasound Training in Nepal
The 2018 program scholars are Dr Nilanka Wickramaratne and Dr Harendra Cooray from Sri Lanka. Dr Wickramaratne is currently undergoing additional advanced training in Geelong Hospital in Victoria, Australia and Dr Harendra Cooray is similarly based at Canberra Hospital.
Both emergency trainees are in their final phases of the new Sri Lankan Emergency Medicine Fellowship training program, are leaders in their evolving speciality and have co-organised the 2017 Developing EM Conference in Sri Lanka.
Selected in collaboration with The Critical Care Society of Sri Lanka, they have both demonstrated a sincere commitment to quality improvement in Sri Lanka and their participation will enable significant training opportunities for EM doctors in training in Sri Lanka under their leadership.
EMUGs Blog 2018: Supporting Ultrasound Training in Sri Lanka
Applications will open for the 2020 program In November 2019.
If you would like to support this great initiative or want further information, please contact our Operations Team at central@EMUGs.org.