In June 2018, three German professionals hold a train-the-trainer workshop at the newly established Biomedical Laboratory which is located at the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy (KSMA) in Bishkek. Prof. Heiland (University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, WHZ), the experts Olaf Wittenstein (University of Kiel) and Claudia Winkelmann (WHZ) organised and conducted the workshop. It was designed as an introduction to the educational potential of the medical devices for the students of the study programme which was developed in accordance to the requirements of the sectors in Kyrgyzstan, both of medical and of educational.
Equipped with modern medical technology, the laboratory will be claimed by the students of the fields such as biomedical engineering, health care management and medical sciences. To get the most optimal learning outcome depending on the above mentioned fields, the practical part of the bachelor programme needs to be developed and coordinated by the teachers.
The workshop lasted for five days. Every morning the representatives of the suppliers made introductory lectures about the technical operation of the devices. The intrigued participants, all-in-all about 30 persons including nurses, biomedical-engineers and doctors, had the chance for some hand-on experiences before they were broke down into the smaller groups. During the afternoons, the German trainers helped their Kyrgyz collegues to conceptualize and develop practice-oriented curricula for the students in accordance to their specialization. This transfer of knowledge was very much appreciated by the participants because a study programme like this did not exist before. The working groups compiled different use-cases and training-methods adapted to the functionalities of each medical equipment.
To sum up, during the train-the-trainer workshop all participants were successfully introduced to the medical equipment and the operational use for lab classes. The workshop resulted in specific fields of labs, which will be conducted at all partner universities. This practice-oriented curriculum was inspired by the German teaching example.