Training

Training in the prompt recognition and treatment of respiratory and severe illness is a major component of INTERSECT’s mission. By creating and supporting clinical training programs in both in the United States and in developing areas, we are deepening existing health care professionals’ knowledge and putting more internationally-minded researchers into the field.

International Nursing Program

INTERSECT’s Assistant Director for Nursing, Lia Golden, CCRN, RN, BSN, has established the International Nursing Program at the University of Washington Medical Center. The International Nursing Program is committed to creating long-term, sustainable, partnerships across the nursing profession to improve the capacity of the global healthcare community. The International Nursing Program is establishing partnerships for critical care nurse exchanges with ICUs in Cambodia, Brazil, and Nepal. Lindsey O’Connell is the International Nursing Program Cambodian Coordinator and Lead Educator-Volunteer. Lindsey is a United States trained intensive care unit nurse who is currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As a lead educator with the International Nursing Program and in collaboration with INTERSECT she is working at two of the public hospitals in Phnom Penh teaching nursing education.

Lia Golden and Lindsey O’Connell in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Lia Golden and Lindsey O’Connell in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

Global Health Pathway – Fellowship Training Program

INTERSECT supports the University of Washington Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine’s Global Health Pathway (GHP). GHP is one of the first pulmonary and critical care medicine global health training programs in the United States.

The goal of the program is to train fellows to tackle the burden of lung disease around the world. GHP takes advantage of Seattle’s leading position as a global health hub to nurture the development of internationally focused clinical researchers, basic scientists, and translational investigators.

The goal of the program is to train fellows to tackle the burden of lung disease around the world. GHP takes advantage of Seattle’s leading position as a global health hub to nurture the development of internationally focused clinical researchers, basic scientists, and translational investigators.

With INTERSECT’s support, University of Washington faculty mentor and train one to two GHP fellows per year, facilitating their career development in global public health.

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University Lectures, Seminars, and Mentoring

INTERSECT members are active and visible leaders on the University of Washington campus. Through lectures, seminars, and mentoring, INTERSECT promotes and encourages medical resident training in international respiratory and severe illness, with an emphasis on working in low-resource areas.

Intra-University Program Collaboration 

Through collaboration with the University of Washington’s Treatment, Research and Expert Education (TREE) program, fellows affiliated with INTERSECT have the opportunity to augment their public health research studies and practicum in pulmonary medicine and HIV/AIDS through an applied setting at the Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya.  These opportunities for linking across medical disciplines foster unique partnerships that reflect TREE’s commitment toward high quality education programs that leave a sustainable and positive difference for the communities where they work.

World Health Organization Educational Programs

INTERSECT works closely with the World Health Organization to train clinicians to manage severe illness. Over the past several years, members of INTERSECT have contributed to:

  • The development and roll out of educational programs supported by the WHO Global Influenza Programme and the Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) initiative. For example, Kevin Patel, MD participated in a WHO training course on management of severe influenza in Vietnam in April, 2013. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City approximately 40 local Vietnamese physicians were trained by means of lecturing, role play scenarios and Q&A sessions. All of the materials (presentations/handouts/role-plays) as well as lectures were translated into Vietnamese in real time. Participants had pre- and post-training tests which showed significant improvement in knowledge scores, and feedback was very positive. All this suggested that the course achieved the goal of improving ICU care for severely ill patients with influenza, sepsis and ARDS.
  • The creation of a comprehensive IMAI District Clinician Manual.
  • Guidelines for the management of respiratory failure and sepsis in low resource settings (as part of a WHO critical illness working group)
  • A systematic review of the management of severe pandemic influenza.

Dr. Patel’s training in Vietnam

International Clinical Training

INTERSECT members also train health care professionals around the world in research and critical care. Recent and current projects:

  • The American Thoracic Society Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research (MECOR) program. Several INTERSECT members participate in this one-week course to train health care professionals in the fundamentals of clinical research. The course has been held in Latin America, Africa, Turkey, and India.
  • The establishment of a critical care training program for sub-Saharan African pediatricians in Nairobi, Kenya. INTERSECT members Dr. Amelie von Arnim St. Andre and Dr. John McGuire from the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are currently creating this program.
  • The creation of a five-day module, “Critical Illness Management in Resource-limited Settings,” as part of the East African Diploma Course in Tropical Medicine. In November 2011, INTERSECT founding director Dr. Shevin Jacob led lectures given by international experts on critical illness in adults, children, obstetrics and trauma. The module also featured complementary practical experiences on the medical and surgical wards at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Andrew Luks, MD was an invited speaker to the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses Conference on Severe Influenza: Burden, Pathogenesis and Management in Hanoi, Vietnam in October, 2012. He lectured on “Ventilatory strategies, fluid management, and supportive care in ALI/ARDS.”

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