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iPATH program

Goals and Key Success factors

How to apply


iPATH - Neurosurgery

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements for the selected partner institution are:

  1. A neurosurgeon who is committed to the training and to treating hydrocephalus in children
  2. High volume of infantile hydrocephalus (minimum of 100 new cases annually)
  3. Adequate operating theatre, means of sterilization, and anesthesia
  4. Dedicated operating room time, space, and anesthesia support for neuroendoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus (minimum of 4 hours/week)
  5. Teaching institutions preferred but not required
  6. A mechanism for funding the care of poor patients (e.g. government funding, cooperation NGO, …)
  7. Administrative support by the iPATH institution for translation of training materials, local accommodation, selection of partners, and temporary licenses for the iPATH trainers
  8. Commitment to select and let train local hydrocephalus/spina bifida nurse coordinator
  9. Sufficient competence in English staff involved (neurosurgeon plus staff involved in training)

The procedure for site selection and program implementation is:

  1. Identification of potential site via distance communication
  2. Site visit by experts to evaluate the institution and staff for appropriateness of implementing the program, and engage introductory contacts for parent support groups (1 week)
  3. Obtain funding for neuroendoscopy equipment package
  4. iPATH phase 1: fellowship training phase in International Training Centre Mbale (Uganda, 3 months)
  5. iPATH phase 2: home institution becomes I-PATH site
  6. Evaluation iPATH site after 1 year

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