OtoSim launches the Compassionate Lending Program in Rwanda
In the spring of 2015, OtoSim Inc. launched the Compassionate Lending Program to support healthcare trainers who want to improve otoscopy and ophthalmoscopy training in underserved communities.
Our first partnership was with Boston Children’s Hospital to support them on an upcoming outreach program trip to the University Central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) in Rwanda.
Their goal was to develop otology teaching modules for the Rwandan otolaryngology residents and medical students. The OtoSim otoscopy trainer quickly came to mind to fulfill this purpose. In May 2015, the Boston Children’s Hospital crew took the OtoSim unit to Kigali!
The participants included Dr. Roger Nuss, Assistant Professor of Otology and Laryngology at Harvard Medical School, Julie Strychowsky, clinical fellow, Lauralyn Chetwynd, audiologist, and Pooja Pendri, research assistant.
Here is what Dr. Roger Nuss had to say about the trip:
“In short, this teaching device was a huge success, and was used by Rwandan medical students, ORL residents, and even trialed by the attending staff. Uniformly, everyone thought this was an incredibly helpful training aid at all different levels of experience. The OtoSim™ helped more junior physicians and students learn what they were looking at, while it reinforced knowledge of ear pathology to the more senior physicians and residents.
Our only difficulty was in bringing the OtoSim™ back home, as our Rwandan colleagues would have gladly kept this for ongoing use in their training program! It was really that helpful; I’m still impressed by how useful this divide was during our brief trip.”
Dr. Julie Strychowsky helped lead the training with the OtoSim™ ear simulator and had a positive experience:
“The medical students and residents became so proficient with the normal anatomy and landmarks that they would try to stump each other and compete for who could complete the quizzes the fastest. For most of them, it was also the first time that they had used and understood pneumatic otoscopy. Once we moved on to the pathology modules, it was great to see how they were able to integrate what they had learned. I specifically remember one of the students identifying the tympanic membrane perforation and not only describing the location and size, but what middle ear structures could be seen through the perforation (“that’s obviously the round window niche”). At the start of our visit, the medical students could not even identify the right ear from the left. It was awesome.”
We had some great feedback from the students and residents:
“Very helpful for recognizing and being familiar with the otologic examination” – PGY3 resident
“Very impressive; learned more from OtoSim™ than from lectures on theory” – 5th year medical student
“OtoSim™ was very helpful; I learned a lot of things on the normal anatomy and some pathologies of the ear” – 5th year medical student
“Very helpful! It prepared me on how to handle myself (what to do/what not to do) for when I finally had to see a real patient” – 5th year medical student
“Very helpful and educational” – PGY1 resident
“You visualize well what you are learning by doing it on an apparatus very similar to the human ear. This is helpful for when you start doing it on a real patient” – 5th year medical student
“We had enough practice on the OtoSim™ to become confident in normal and abnormal findings on otoscopy” – 5th year medical student
OtoSim Inc. aims to improve how ear and eye exams are taught to doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners around the world. Otoscopy and ophthalmoscopy are two of the worst acquired clinical skills, resulting in diagnostic errors and poor patient outcomes. In underserved communities, this can have an even more detrimental effect. The OtoSim™ and OphthoSim™ ear and eye training and simulation systems provide the solution.
For more information on how your institution can make an impact with the Compassionate Lending Program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.