JANUARY 22, 2015: A HISTORIC MOMENT
EATI celebrated the graduation of its first class of pulmonary critical care fellows in January 2015, marking a historic moment in the development of pulmonary and critical care medicine in Ethiopia. Dr. Tola and Dr. Fahmi became the first two Ethiopian Pulmonary and Critical Care Specialists trained in Ethiopia.
This historic moment also coincided with the inauguration of the Ethiopian Thoracic Society, a professional organization founded by EATI trained pulmonologists, cardiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons.
FEBRUARY 2016: BUILDING MOMENTUM
Dr. Kibrom, Dr. Aschalew, and Dr. Abebe became the second class of trainees to graduate from EATI, significantly increasing the number of pulmonologists in Ethiopia to seven (six from EATI). More importantly, EATI graduates have now assumed leadership roles at various medical centers to embark on a historic expansion of pulmonary and critical care services.
EATI GRADUATES HAVE EXPANDED PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE SERVICES THROUGHOUT ETHIOPIA.
TIKUR ANBESSA (BLACK LION) SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL AAU
Dr. Fahmi is the first AAU pulmonary division faculty member who graduated from EATI. He will be joined by Dr. Tewodros and Dr. Dawit in 2017 as EATI transitions to sustainability by local instructors by 2020. He is now the Medical ICU Director and he is working on diagnostic and treatment protocols for sepsis, respiratory failure, and renal disease.
ST. PAUL HOSPITAL MILLENNIUM MEDICAL COLLEGE
Dr. Tola and Dr. Abebe are now building pulmonary and critical care services at St. Paul Hospital. Dr. Tola is also the head of the Department of Medicine. They round daily in the ICU (6 beds), provide pulmonary consultations, see outpatient in chest clinic twice per week, and perform procedures (bronchoscopy and pleural biopsy).
ST. PETER SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL
Dr. Aschalew is developing pulmonary and critical care services at the hospital as it transitions from a tuberculosis hospital to a full care facility. He is involved in several citywide projects including a smoking cessation campaign and he is taking on more of a leadership role in the Ethiopian Thoracic Society.
AYDER REFERRAL HOSPITAL, MEKELE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Kibrom is the head of pulmonary and critical care service and is very involved in teaching residents and medical students. His primary clinical responsibilities include critical care in a 10 bed ICU, pulmonary inpatient consults, chest clinic, and procedures (bronchoscopy and pleural biopsies).
CRITICAL CARE TASK FORCE
The Ethiopian Minister of Health is focusing on opening ICU beds in all 22 district hospitals. He has set up a task force to develop critical care across the country. Dr. Tewodros and Dr. Amsalu are both members.
The Minister of Health has asked EATI faculty members to develop pulmonary and critical care policies and procedures for St. Peter Hospital that would be used at other government district hospitals.
A MODEL PROGRAM
The leadership at AAU and Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Specialized Hospital have praised EATI for the quality of its training program. They have officially recognized EATI as the model for all future subspecialty training programs.
In July 2016, the Chest Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) awarded Dr. E. Jane Carter and the East African Training Initiative the 2016 Community Service Grant for its contribution to medical training in pulmonary medicine in Ethiopia.
“EATI brings significant changes in the development of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Addis Ababa University College of Health Sciences. At a grander level, this means an important transfer of knowledge and skills that affects the country. This kind of fellowship training within Ethiopia has a lot of benefits for the trainees as well as for the country—it prevents displacement and minimizes brain drain. This program can be used as a model for other developing countries to form their own fellowship training programs.”
-Dr. Amsalu Bekele Binegdie
“Since I joined the fellowship program, I have learned and developed important clinical skills in diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy, spirometry, and research. Through the program, I’m able to participate in the Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research training abroad. I’m also given the invaluable opportunity to present my abstract at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease conference in Liverpool, UK.”
-Dr. Tewodros Haile
“The EATI program shaped me as a pulmonologist and particularly as a critical care medicine physician. It has dramatically improved the practice of pulmonary medicine in Ethiopia.”
-Dr. Abebe Shumet
“I’m glad to have been given the opportunity to join the EATI Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program. We now have seven pulmonary and critical care physicians for a country of about 100 million, and EATI will help us train more PCCM doctors and make pulmonary medicine more accessible to more and more people.”