Some Bangladeshi American second generation physicians are following the footsteps of their predecessor in supporting health care and education in Bangladesh. Intensive care unit and emergency departments are urgent care facilities in any hospital. The working physicians are needed to be equipped with all the knowledge and technology to provide the best care to all critically ill patients during the first few golden hours of admission.
Dr Nahreen Ahmed, MD, MPH , a US born Bangladeshi American Physician, also a pulmonary and critical care fellow of New York Medical College has organised multiple training workshops on point of care ultrasonogram.
This workshop provided knowledge on how to use hand held ultrasound device to diagnose and treat critically ill patients without wasting valuable time.
The workshop took place in Dhaka Medical College and included around 80 critical care physicians and emergency room physicians from different hospitals of Dhaka.
Dr Syeda Hasan, another emergency medicine physician from New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Centre also joined as one of the trainer.
Dr Nahreen Ahmed did a clinical rotation at Dhaka Medical College few years ago when she was a student of Drexel University Medical College in Philadelphia. During her medical residency at University of Illinois, Chicago she went to multiple developing countries in South America to set up better health care service and technology for deserving communities. She is interested in global health and especially felt committed to Bangladesh after seeing her father Professor Ziauddin Ahmed's (Professor of Nephrology at Drexel University, Philadelphia) extensive involvement in an attempt to improve medical education in Bangladesh.
She is also very proud of and inspired by her grandfather Shaheed Professor Shamsuddin Ahmed FRCS, head of the Department of Surgery who was killed by Pakistani Army in the Sylhet Medical College Hospital on 9th April, 1971. He sacrificed his life when he was treating the patients in the middle of the war instead of fleeing for his life. Shaheed Prof Shamsuddin Ahmed was also the founding secretary of East Pakistan Medical Association and was involved in many humanitarian and professional activities to improve health care and community services during his short life time.
Dr Nahreen is very encouraged and grateful by the support they have been receiving and are very committed to expand their support in future. She is thankful to her team, the organisers, trainees, and especially to chief coordinator of the workshop Professor Abdul Hanif Tablu and Col (rtd) A Salam Bir Protik for providing all the support.
The writer is an Associate Professor, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Dhaka Medical College Hospital.