Crash Course in Tropical Medicine

In case anyone is interested, we have for the last 6 years run an annual ‘Crash Course in Tropical Medicine’ and I am attaching details here (pasted at end of email)  for anyone interested.  Any profits go back to the Kambia Appeal charity (  Please feel free to circulate as you see fit.  All modules are delivered by experienced NHS professionals who have worked in challenging environments in developing countries.  Here are some recent testimonials:

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course last week. I thought it was an excellent balance of very well presented subjects & the whole thing seemed very organised & ran very smoothly. The opportunity to do some of the simulated procedures was fantastic too.

I think we all felt inspired & hopefully gained a bit of confidence whether about to go off for a year or just at the pre-planning stage.

So thank you very much for organising it – a great success.

Dear Mr Whyman

Just a quick note to thank you for organising the Crash Course.  It was a fascinating course, really informative teachers who had relevant experience.  I’d be very interested in going out to Kambia if my E.D sills could be useful.

I am writing on behalf of myself and my brother to thank you for arranging and facilitating such an excellent course.

It was only after a period of ‘reflection’ (something we are supposed to be doing these days apparently) that I realised how much we had got from the course and how it had made me think about what, why and for whom any work in Developing Countries is about.

The course contents was excellent; the most important and relevant issues being covered and anything not specifically timetabled was probably discussed informally over coffee or lunch. These interactions were a very important part of the course from my perspective.

The mixture of clinical medicine and practical procedure was well balanced. You used Consultants with first hand experience of this type of work and knowing that there is someone with an interest at the end of the phone or email is a comfort. There is a danger of giving too much information and missing the important practical advice, eg in microbiology.

I was able to create a list of useful things to take on the trip; this was extracted from the individuals as they spoke and may be could form part of the ‘book’ that you have planned for next year.

I particularly enjoyed your own personal experience of trying to operate under such conditions; using head torch and daughter! Your own altruism and wish to give back by helping others comes across very strongly. This was more relevant for us, however the MSF and VSO contribution balanced it well. Grania was inspirational.

“Overall a brilliant course, very well organised – thank you”

“What a brilliant course, Ab Fab!  Please do it again, keep it up it’s brilliant”

“A great course overall.  Would recommend this to anyone going abroad to a low income country”

“Hugely useful, relevant, inspiring and interesting course – thank you”

“Fantastic Course, really interesting”


(3 days)

Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th February 2016    

Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital,

Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL53 7PX

This intensive course is for:  doctors or senior nurses/midwives who are considering working overseas in a developing country

We aim to cover all of the following (subject to speaker availability):

Personal Preparation

Ethical issues with working in developing countries

Trauma/immediate care/Fracture management

Hands-on workshops: Airway; cut-down/central venous/intra-osseous access; chest drain; plastering




TB, leprosy

Reproductive health and illness

Obstetrics and emergencies, Caesarean section, Ventouse delivery, The Kiwi cup

Basic dentistry

Eye problems


Altitude Sickness


Included:  Meal at a local restaurant Monday 8th February 2016 at 8pm

Delegate fee: £375.00

For further information or to reserve a place please contact

Mrs Alex Townsend, Secretary to Mr Mark Whyman, Consultant Vascular Surgeon,

Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, Glos GL53 7AN

Tel: 0300 422 4391 or email

Best wishes,


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