Around the World: January Institutes

This year, we are trying new things! Our goal is to reach more hospitals in more countries to improve global health and increase the exchange of biomedical knowledge around the world. To that end, we have 47 students and young professionals on the ground right now in Guatemala, Nepal, and Cambodia. They’re all working in partner hospitals to maintain and repair medical equipment, and train local staff to continue the work after they’re gone. Meanwhile, students are immersed in local culture as they live with homestay families and practice the local language.


January Institute Group 2016 Guatemala

National Instruments Continues Commitment to Honduras BMET Training

Original post by NI News can be found here.

In 2012, NI, through its Planet NI Program, began collaborating with Engineering World Health to deliver 10 NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) II prototyping boards and other educational tools for biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) in Honduras. Technicians use these tools to learn how to design and troubleshoot electronic circuits. The technicians then apply their skills in clinical environments in Honduras to repair life-saving medical equipment.

INFOP BMET grads instructors with Justin from NI

INFOP BMET Graduates and Instructors With Justin Cooper from NI

BMET Rwanda: New Year, New Teachers!

Our training of trainers at IPRC in Rwanda is nearing completion. After months of hard work and study, we have five excellent teachers ready to transition into their new positions as head of the biomedical equipment technicians training program. Already, the BMET Rwanda program has graduated 61 students who now work in hospitals throughout Rwanda, and over 150 more students are currently in training. In 2016, the new instructors will take over these students’ education, making the program locally managed and sustainable in the longterm.

Gunalan Das Trains IPRC Instructors on ESU machine

Bringing Biomedical Engineering to NYC Students

Posted with thanks to Todd Joseph and Taylor Jordan for sharing the EWH NYC Chapter's adventures with us!

Since EWH’s first professional Chapter formed in New York City, they have been “crushin’ it” (in the words of their President, Todd Joseph). Todd and his fellow Chapter members have used the funds they’ve raised to support STEM education in New York City schools.

On Saturday, November 7, the NYC Chapter sent three members to The Children’s Aid Society Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. Every Saturday, the community center runs a “study now, play later” initiative to promote good study habits. Once a month, Duke Alums Engage coordinates a special educational activity to expose the children to new topics and excite them about learning. This month EWH got to be part of this!

Dunlevy Milbank Center

My Cambodia Volunteer Teaching Trip

Written by Dr. Ram Ramabhadran, who joined BMET Cambodia as a guest teacher from June 6- June 30, 2015.

As in the past two years, I was offered an opportunity by Engineering World Health to teach biomedical engineering as part of their BMET Training program. Some of you may recall that I was a volunteer lecturer with EWH in Honduras in 2013 and Rwanda in 2014, making this trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia my third on EWH’s behalf.

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This trip differed from my previous two trips not much in terms of the mission, but in the trainees’ backgrounds and the language of instruction. In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, I trained working biomedical technicians and their instructors, and in Kigali, Rwanda the goal was to “train the trainers”, about 12 members of the electrical engineering faculty. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I trained the first batch of biomedical technicians whose academic backgrounds, training, and facility with English varied widely, which made presenting advanced instrumentation ideas a special challenge. As previously in Honduras, where my lectures were simultaneously translated to Spanish (and unlike Rwanda where I could lecture in English), the lectures in Cambodia were translated into Khmer, the language of Cambodia. I was assisted by a young translator, who spoke English well, and a senior student working on his master’s degree in nuclear medicine who had a good command of technical English; he often took over and explained difficult technicalities in Khmer.

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