Finnish Society of Anaesthesiologists Fund Bangkok Fellowship
Thanks to a generous donation from the Finnish Society of Anaesthesiologists, Dr Zin Ohmmar Kyaw is currently training at the Bangkok Anaesthesia Regional Training Centre in Thailand (BARTC).
Dr Zin, from Myanmar, will be in Bangkok, as a WFSA fellow, until May 2015. She has spent the last four months working and training in some of the country’s regional hospitals where she has been studying cardiovascular anaesthesia, regional nerve block (guided by ultrasound) and chronic pain management. Her fellowship has given her the chance to receive hands-on training in the operating room and to take part in patient care. Reporting back to WFSA, Dr Zin said ‘After arriving in Bangkok I faced some problems adpating to a new environment and culture and also with communication, however, I have learnt anaesthetic techniques I have never seen before such as high frequency jet ventilation in laser surgery during an ENT operation’. The next stage of her fellowship will be spent at Siriraj hospital where she will attend lectures and workshops and will sit her final exams.
BARTC’s primary goal is to promote the teaching and training of anaesthesia providers from developing countries in Asia. WFSA supported BARTC’s founders - Dr Kester Brown (Australia), Professor Mitsugu Fujimori (Japan), Dr Haydn Plerndt (Australia) and Professor Thara Tritrakarn (Thailand), to establish the training centre in 1996. Initially short refresher courses were held, however, WFSA soon realised that short courses could not have a long lasting impact on quality of care and manpower problems. To address this WFSA and BARTC are aiming to train a critical mass of anaesthesiologists in an environment not too different from their home clinical practice. The training should enable them to able to go back to their workplace and disseminate their learning.
WFSA currently offer six twelve-month fellowships in Bangkok, four in general anaesthesia and two in pain anaesthesia. For more information about these fellowships and others please click here