FMSTP work during COVID-19
The “new normal”
The Family Medicine Specialty Training Program (FMSTP) has been adjus?ng to the “new normal” of life with COVID-19. All of the registrars have been busy making sure their hospitals and clinics are prepared for the pandemic. Many registrars have taken leadership roles in such prepara?ons, and in doing so put the COPC, public health, leadership, and management skills learned in the FMSTP to good use.
In part due to not wan?ng to take the registrars away from their facili?es during COVID-19, the FMSTP had its first virtual contact session in May. The week-long session went very well considering that many of the registrars live in remote areas with limited internet access. Sessions included informa?on about COVID-19 as well as Pediatric lecture from Family Medicine doctors in Grand Junc?on, CO. The success of this online educa?on demonstrates the FMSTPs ability to be flexible and innova?ve in order to meet the needs of the registrars.
The FMSTP faculty have also been involved in wri?ng the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines and facilita?ng five MOH organised COVID-19 trainings for healthcare providers in Berea, Maseru, Mokhotlong and Thaba Tseka Districts.