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J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Jul;131(7):608-613. doi: 10.1017/S0022215117000330. Epub 2017 Feb 14.

Otolaryngology outreach to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital: a medical and educational partnership.

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1
Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery,University of Michigan,Ann Arbor,USA.
2
Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery,Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,Kumasi,Ghana.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Medical and educational partnerships between high- and low-resourced countries provide opportunities to have a long-term meaningful impact on medical training and healthcare delivery.

METHODS:

An otolaryngology partnership between Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, and the University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery has been undertaken to enhance healthcare delivery at both institutions.

RESULTS:

A temporal bone dissection laboratory, with the equipment to perform dedicated otological surgery, and academic platforms for clinical and medical education and residency training have been established.

CONCLUSION:

This article describes the details of this partnership in otological surgery and hearing health, with an emphasis on creating in-country surgical simulation, training on newly acquired medical equipment and planning regarding the formulation of objectified metrics to gauge progress going forward.

KEYWORDS:

Audiology; Developing Countries; Ghana; Hospitals; Otolaryngology; Otologic Surgical Procedures; Teaching; Temporal Bone

PMID:
28193299
DOI:
10.1017/S0022215117000330
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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