Yale University Vice President for Global Strategy and Deputy Provost for International Affairs, Pericles Lewis has pledged their continued collaboration and capacity building measures with Makerere University especially in the area of emergency medicine and non-communicable diseases.
Lewis, who was in Kampala to meet with leadership, alumni and medical residents of Makerere University and Yale University, said they will also collaborate and build capacity in cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, rheumatology, oncology, pulmonology, intensive care, pediatric surgery, endocrine surgery, pathology, and neurology.
“We have expanded the number of African Students admitted to Yale University throughout the 26 countries we serve. Doubled the number of African students such that we can expand their careers and educational opportunities in surgery, obstetrics, gynaecology, pathology, neurology, clinic experiences and nursing students,” said Lewis.
Before his visit to Uganda, Lewis visited Yale University alumni’s in Ethiopia. From Uganda, he flew out to South Africa to further the Yale Africa Initiative.
“51 fellows from across 17 African countries will benefit from the Yale Young African Scholars Programme (YYAS),” he added.
Yale University is found in New Haven, Connecticut State in the United States of America.
Emergency medicine is a medical speciality that equips physicians with the knowledge and skills required to care for patients with very urgent healthcare needs.
It was defined by the International Federation for Emergency Medicine in 1991 as “A field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders.
“It further encompasses an understanding of the development of pre-hospital and in-hospital emergency medical systems and the skills necessary for this development.”
Emergency physicians provide a high level of emergency care for acutely ill and injured patients of all ages.
They also work outside the emergency department, in clinics and community health centres, for aeromedical organisations and in developing countries around the world.
They also work primarily in the emergency department of public or private hospitals.
Emergency Physicians assess and treat a wide range of illnesses, and potentially life or limb threatening conditions. Examples include heart attacks, strokes, fractures, asthma attacks, injuries resulting from car crashes, pregnancy-related emergencies and overdoses.
Patients with acute illness or injury can present at any time, with a wide range of problems with little information available and without a diagnosis.
They present a great challenge for emergency physicians who provide rapid and appropriate treatment in the first few hours to establish an effective early diagnosis to provide successful treatment. Emergency medicine requires an exceptional breadth of knowledge.
Lewis also connected with some of the Makerere medical residents who visited Yale as part of the Makerere University and Yale University (MUYU) training program, an integral component of the MUYU partnership.
Since 2006, 21+ faculty/physicians from Makerere University have been trained in the following specialities and subspecialties: cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, rheumatology, oncology, pulmonology, intensive care, pediatric surgery, endocrine surgery, emergency medicine, pathology, and neurology.