WINFOCUS is developing a project for the foundation of an “University-like” section with trans-national structure, the ‘University International Task-force for Echography and Development’, in the frame of the USCME and Primary Ultrasound programs.
Prof Richard Hoppmann, Associate Dean of South Carolina University (Columbia, SC, USA), is chairing the project.
The network plan is involving universities from USA, Brazil, Italy, Slovenia, Romania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, Madagascar, Malaysia, South Korea, Mozambique, Lesotho. Such a task-force aims to spread global ultrasound practice throughout all the critical scenarios, backing academically WINFOCUS worldwide action, delivering recommendations and guidelines for under-graduate and post-graduate ultrasound curricula, cooperating with universities in under-served regions for an overall enhancement of their curricula and educational activity.
Such a growing network has inspired the “First World Congress on UltraSound in Medical Education”, held on April 2011, and hosted by the South Carolina University, in Columbia (SC, USA).
Ultrasound for medical students, and other affiliated sciences trainees
Focus on basic disciplines, such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and clinical components, such as Internal and Emergency Medicine, Surgery, O&G
Residents and Specialists in ‘critical’ medical areas.
Focus on Emergency Medicine, Critical/Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Pediatrics, General Practice … and beyond.
- International University Network: Key-player universities involvement in supporting WINFOCUS vision and mission worldwide (endorsements, partnerships, active participation).
- International University Curriculum: Critical Ultrasound incorporation into Pre- and Post-graduate University Curricula (debates, pilot studies within medical students, residents and postgraduate trainees).
- Trans-national Teaching Faculty: Visiting trainers/professors network set up, composed by experts and investigators available to travel worldwide, spreading ultrasound competences throughout critical scenarios, and managing subsequent developments on national and regional Health Care Systems.
- International University Cooperation: Educational and organizational support to scarce-resource institutions, not only in relation to ultrasound-related matters, but to the whole batch of modern competences necessary for an effective and timely management of the critical patients in the critical health care environment.