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

  • B Waller (a1), R Larsen-Reindorf (a2), M Duah (a2), J Opoku-Buabeng (a2), B M Edwards (a1), D Brown (a1), J Moyer (a1), M Prince (a1) and G J Basura (a1)...

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.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Gregory J Basura, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, 1500 W Medical Center Dr, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA Fax: +01 (734) 764 0014 E-mail: gbasura@umich.edu

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

  • B Waller (a1), R Larsen-Reindorf (a2), M Duah (a2), J Opoku-Buabeng (a2), B M Edwards (a1), D Brown (a1), J Moyer (a1), M Prince (a1) and G J Basura (a1)...

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