Written by Communications Intern Russ Walker
After starting their final session with two weeks of cardiology equipment training, our BMET students in Nigeria were all set to start their lessons on medical laboratories and the equipment they use. Ruthann Robinson, a Medical Laboratory Technologist with Electronics Engineering training and experience, was scheduled to teach this session. Ruthann has significant clinical experience laboratory diagnostics, management, education, and training in the developing world. Currently, Ruthann works in practice management and change management in British Columbia, Canada, in addition to supporting international development projects.
There was just one problem: the teacher couldn’t get to Nigeria! The visa requirements for Canadians are different than the requirements for our local US team: these international complications prevented Ruthann from obtaining a visa in time for her to be able to get to Nigeria to teach this interactive learning session. Together, Ruthann and Nigeria's BMET Coordinator Dr. Carmen Walker were able to find a creative solution: the students would get to handle and study the equipment while Ruthann monitored and answered questions via Skype. Students said, “It seems like she’s really here,” while they took quizzes and held class discussions.