WFSA-Baxter Scholarship Programme 11th Pan Arab Congress
Four WFSA-Baxter scholars were successfully selected to attend the 11th Pan Arab Congress of Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Airway Management in Dubai, UAE during November 2016: Dr Abdalhalim Hassan Abu Haltam (Palestine), Dr Eslam El Bayadi (Egypt), Dr Ahmad Ghidan (Jordan), Navindra Raj Bista (Nepal).
Dr Abu Haltam (Palestine), an active member of the National Society of Anaesthesiology in Palestine, presented the following poster Pulmonary Hypertension and Anaesthesia (new management)’. He was delighted to meet other anaesthesiologist as well as the WFSA board and actively participated in the educational activities and discussion the state of anaesthesiology in the home countries. He hopes the WFSA-Baxter scholarship program continues to provide other young anaesthesiologists with the same opportunity he was given. ‘I was so happy to meet my scholar colleagues, the WFSA delegate, and other members of WFSA and Pan Arab congress. I really gained some knowledge and update in Anaesthesia of cardiac surgery which is my field. It was very useful and hope it (WFSA-Baxter) continues these activities to support young Anaesthesiologists especially here in Palestine as we don’t have enough opportunities to.'
Dr Eslam works in the only teaching hospital in the Suez and Sinai region of Egypt. He has already implemented his learnings on return. ‘The most important thing for me during the congress) was learning about updates in airway management and difficult airway case scenario presentation and interactive discussion by our professors and colleagues where I gained of data and plans in dealing with difficult airway which consider one of the most difficult challenge to anaesthesiologist. The sessions were interactive allowing me to know how to increase my knowledge and how to think outside the books and how to improve decision making skills. Because I'm working in teaching hospital, I will teach my colleagues about updates in airway management, how to deal with difficult airway situations, and how to increase our knowledge and skills by using non ordinary methods like simulation. I will apply guidelines and recommendation that I learn in the conference aiming to improve our hospital outcomes.’
Dr Bista, from Nepal, has begun to apply his teachings from the congress. He believes international congresses are vital for bringing together anaesthesiologist and sharing knowledge on new developments in anaesthesiology. ‘I started to use USG guided regional anaesthesia on routine basis for my patients. In my hospital, I provided USG guided supraclavicular brachial plexuses block in more than 20 patients. I have been using different websites and apps to learn anaesthesia practice and have started regular discussions around these topics in my hospital. Besides Educational learning, this scholarship allowed me to interact with International anaesthesiologists. The Baxter Grant made scholars possible to attend conference and present scientific papers in international forum it directly motivated the scholars to prepare scientific papers.’
Dr Ghidan added: 'I am very interested in developing my anaesthesia knowledge and meeting other anaesthesiologists overseas to strengthen and compliment my experience. I am very excited about the opportunity to learn from highly trained professionals and I am very grateful for the Baxter scholarship.'