Written by Communications Intern Russ Walker
In the past month, while our BMET students are working in their home hospitals gaining hands-on experience, two of the trainee teachers from our BMET Cambodia program have had the opportunity to begin conducting mentoring trips on their own. This new responsibility represents a significant step in their transition to the role of BMET Trainers. The two teachers, Hor Sophanna and Von Phearom, are working with BMET students across all three of our current cohorts, but are focusing on students from cohorts 2 and 3, whom they have been teaching in class. They’ve had to improve their skills rapidly as they are the senior technicians on their mentoring trips, especially in the areas of troubleshooting and repair, documentation and planning, and professional communication as they meet with hospital directors and management. According to BMET Cambodia Coordinator, Steve Goeby, Sophanna and Phearom are doing exceptionally well facing this new challenge, and their confidence in their ability to handle the many challenges of the work is growing every week. As the pictures show, their students are engaged in many important projects, led by teachers they believe in and trust.