Friday, October 6, 2017

See one, Do one, Teach one

See one, Do one, Teach one is a common practice in teaching of medicine.  Often there are quite a few seeings and doings before the teaching happens, but the general point is we have to pass on our knowledge of medicine to those who are learning to become a doctor.  At Nazarene Hospital, we have been doing that for years and now are looking to do it even more by being more involved in training of PNGian doctors and medical students.

Since 2008, PNG has been training doctors in a Rural and Remote Registry Program.  We have been involved in this in various degrees through having our own Registrar (Imelda) to helping train other Registrars for 3 months at a time in Surgery.  Since 2008, we have been involved in training 12 Registrars and we hope to train more in the years ahead.  Imelda is finishing her 6 years of training with us at the end of December, and although we don't yet know what the future holds for her, we are thankful the for the time we have had with her and her with us, learning from each other, and watching her grow as a PNG doctor. We know that whether she stays with us or goes elsewhere in PNG, she is ready to serve as a Minister of Christ in medicine to the people she cares for.

As Mel is finishing, we are wanting to continue training and are looking for another Registrar to join us.  Vuia is interested in the program and is with us for a few months seeing if we/he are a good fit together.  During this trial period, he is not only learning from the missionaries, but from our PNG doctors too.  Here he is doing a C-Section with Rebecca, who is here for 3 months doing her surgery rotation.  This is her 2nd 3 month rotation with us and she is able to do C-Sections without help and so had the opportunity to walk Vuia through doing one.

We are supposed to have our first batch of PNG medical students rotating with us the end of October and look forward to the chance to impact medical students as well as doctors.