Two Highland EM attendings, Drs. Andrea Dreyfuss and David Martin, head a non-profit dedicated to improving emergency care in Latin America by training emergency medicine physicians to be leaders in point-of-care ultrasound. Point-of-care ultrasound is even more vital in limited resources settings, as it often serves as a critical tool to aid in diagnosis of life threatening conditions when other imaging modalities such as x-ray, CT, and MRI are not readily available.
ONDAS’ story began in Lima, Peru in December of 2015 when prior to the formation of this organization, a group of Highland Hospital emergency providers were invited to host an ultrasound training course at the national Peruvian emergency medicine conference.
Three years later, Drs. Andrea Dreyfuss and David Martin developed a longstanding partnership with the Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo and started the first ultrasound fellowship for emergency care providers in the country.
For more information on ONDAS de Latinoamérica, click here
Pictured from left to right: Italo Vasquez, Jimmy Bonilla, Jaffryt Vargas, and Marco Antonio Guillen
Pictured from left to right, flanked by Andrea Dreyfuss and David Martin: Robert Inga, Sayuri Enríquez, and Angel Farro
Clinical Elective Information
The Highland Emergency Global Ultrasound elective in Lima, Peru is an opportunity for residents and fellows to gain experience in international emergency medicine and further develop their skill sets in point-of-care ultrasound. The elective forms part of a longitudinal project to develop the first emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship in Lima, Peru, which launched in August 2018, and graduated the first three Peruvian emergency medicine fellowship trained ultrasound specialists in July 2019. In August of 2019, we expanded from our initial site in Lima, Peru to three additional sites, one in Lima and the other in Cusco in the Andean highlands and Iquitos in the Amazonian rainforest. Volunteers will therefore not only have an opportunity to work clinically on-site in Lima, Cusco or Iquitos, Peru, but also, if interested, they will be able to assist with international curriculum development throughout the year.