RCSI Bahrain’s biggest ever International Community Engagement program

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Bahrain – Sixteen senior medical and nursing students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) have returned from postings across the globe as part of the university’s biggest ever International Community Engagement (ICE) program.

Among the highlights of this year’s program was a mission to Lesotho in Southern Africa, by final year medical students, Mohamed Alreefi and Noora Althawadi, final year nursing students, Aysha Snan and Maryam Jasim and senior lecturer in family medicine, Dr David Misselbrook.

The RCSI Bahrain contingent worked principally in partnership with St Joseph’s Hospital in Roma, a small town some 35 kilometers from the capital, Maseru, where five doctors and a larger team of nurses aim to provide all inpatient and outpatient care to a rural population of around 200,000 people.

As part of their two-week placement, the team conducted an outreach primary care clinic at a remote school in Hlalele, where they saw approximately 150 patients, while the students also led an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) session at the Roma College of Nursing, using inflatable resuscitation dummies supplied by RCSI Bahrain.

In addition, the group attended a local home for disabled children, had dinner with the Archbishop of Lesotho and attended an Irish-Lesotho-Bahraini cultural event in the company of their Majesties the King and Queen of Lesotho, the Prime Minister and other cabinet members.

The Lesotho excursion was one of four to take place as part of what was RCSI Bahrain’s biggest ICE program to date in terms of the numbers of locations visited and students taking part.

RCSI Bahrain’s International Community Engagement placements were launched in 2013 as a means of offering undergraduate students an opportunity to collaborate and work with healthcare institutions and professionals in different international settings around the world.

The competition for places on the program is extremely fierce and students are selected on the basis of an extensive process which includes interviews, academic performance and a participation in the university’s community engagement activities.