Tanzania Emergency Medicine Partnership

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Investigator: Teri A. Reynolds, MD, MS, PhD
Sponsor: Abbott Fund

Location(s): Tanzania

Description

Teri Reynolds, a UCSF emergency physician, conducted her UCSF Pathways fieldwork in Muhimbili. She trained providers in bedside ultrasound, an imaging technology that’s attractive in developing countries because it’s inexpensive, portable, and can be used to diagnose a number of common conditions at the bedside.

Muhimbili National Hospital, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and with support from the Abbott Fund foundation, had just opened the first emergency department in Tanzania and had begun planning for Tanzania’s first emergency medicine residency. UCSF’s emergency department agreed to share her for the next few years, and she began splitting her time between Tanzania and San Francisco. She now serves as Muhimbili Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director and coordinates a five-university academic consortium that recruits visiting faculty and provides curriculum to support the residency program.