The experiences Afghan medical personnel gained from the “Emergency Care for Trauma” course are described in this presentation.
The course was conducted 14–15 April, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was evaluated retrospectively for: (1) course curriculum; (2) training instructors; (3) participant characteristics; (4) participant evaluations and course of events; (5) preparation; (6) execution; and (7) results.
The course included 13 hours of theoretical discussion, six hours of skill practice stations, and 19 hours of training. The organization committee was composed of a president, two secretaries, six trainers, and six assistant trainers. There were three language interpreters. A total of 24 medical personnel attended the course. Pre- and post-tests were administered to the participants in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the course. Simultaneous translation was performed during the training sessions. The correct response rates for test questions increased from 34.6% prior to the course, to 80.3% after the course. At the end of course, reviews from the participants were discussed.
The participants suggested that the course should be repeated every six months. It was decided that there should be more time for the practical portion of the course. It was determined that the course would be integrated into the Afghan health system.
Post-graduate courses are important components of the modern health care system. In many developed countries, these courses have become compulsory and are conducted regularly. However, standardized and regularly performed courses should be supported in developing countries.