Trish is the President & Co-Founder of Point-of-care Ultrasound in Resource-limited Environments (PURE, www.pureultrasound.org), a non-profit organization focused on ultrasound education and research in the developing world with current training programs in Rwanda, Uganda, Liberia and Tanzania. Trish works clinically and academically in Boston as the Assistant Director in the Division of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She co-chairs the Global Health Subcommittee for the Emergency Ultrasound Section of ACEP, and is always trying to sneak in a mini or full-on outdoor adventure somewhere in the world.
SonoBYTE: Global Relief Ultrasound
The scale of need, wide burden of disease, and complex systems challenges can at times be overwhelming in the global health arena. Focusing on small wins and long-term investment is key to programmatic success and sustainability. Training clinicians in bedside ultrasound effectively uses the same human resources to help shrink the gap between the broad imaging needs of a population and limited consultative capacity of radiology. The result is enhanced patient care, provider empowerment, and improved job satisfaction. Growing point-of-care ultrasound trainees into trainers themselves allows for local solutions to ongoing education needs and helps develop and address the most relevant home-grown research questions, results of which may have broader international practice implications. Building broader networks for bilateral point-of-care ultrasound training and research opportunities will be of global benefit.