Guest Author: Gregory Basura, MD
Author Bio: Dr. Basura received a B.S. in zoology and a B.A. in psychology from the College of Idaho. He completed his Ph.S. in anatomy and cell biology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine (2000) and his M.D. at the University of Washington (2005). He completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (2010) and a fellowship in neurotology-skull base surgery at the University of Michigan (2012). Today Dr. Basura is a clinician-scientist appointed with a 50% appointment in clinical otolaryngology and a 50% appointment at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute.
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. Within the hearing healthcare field, there are many professionals who generously give of their time and expertise to help people with hearing loss.
Today, we feature the long-term medical educational collaboration between the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana.
The author wishes to recognize the considerable support of the University of Michigan Medical School, as well as the gracious hospitality of our colleagues at KATH. Our work would not be possible without the dedication and cooperation of these individuals.
Summary : The University of Michigan Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery has collaborated with KATH to establish a long-term otolaryngology medical educational program that will expand training and clinic practice in all disciplines of otolaryngology and audiology at KATH.
Background: U-M faculty began visiting KATH in 2013, initially to assess the educational, clinical and research needs. Because Ghanaians were in greatest need of otologic care, the U-M team initially focused on otologic training and equipment. During each trip, the team focuses on training in the clinic, the operating room and in the simulation temporal bone lab where KATH otolaryngology attending physicians and residents obtain hands-on training.
The goal of this project is to develop all sub-disciplines of otolaryngology at KATH in order for the physicians to improve patient care for common head and neck and otologic diseases that are prevalent in Ghana while equipping their current and future trainees with the clinical and surgical skills necessary to care for future patients. With regard to otology, the goal of the curriculum is to prepare otolaryngologists at KATH for the most pressing otology needs: caring for severe middle ear infections and cholesteatomas — a bone-eroding skin growth in the middle ear and mastoid.
The department has traveled to KATH 8 times, with a ninth trip planned mid-March 2017. In addition to teaching in the clinic, operating room, and temporal bone lab, the UM-KATH partnership has now laid the foundation for significant epidemiologic research relating to pediatric hearing loss using in the field audiometric testing and questionnaires. The goal of this research initiative is to obtain vital objective data about the rates of hearing loss in children in Kumasi to improve future hearing screening and therapeutic options going forward.
Learn more about the University of Michigan’s Global Initiative Program here.
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