EPNS Visiting Teacher 2017 awarded to Mrs van der Louw MSc dietician, the Netherlands to visit Georgia!

 

REPORT AFTER THE VISIT FROM Tbilisi State Medical University

The “Ketogenic diet in pediatric epilepsies” workshop took place at Tbilisi State Medical University G. Zhvania Academic Clinic of Paediatry in Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Elles van der Louw was invited as special guest from Erasmus University Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Workshop lasted for 3 days and 50 participants including pediatric neurologists, peadiatricians, dieticians from all over the country attended the course.

On the first day Dr. Sophia Bakhtadze presented the review how  ketogenic diet can be used in epilepsy syndromes. Dr. Elles van der Louw gave an introduction of the ketogenic diet, kinds of ketogenic diets and monitoring on short and longterm. In the afternoon session of the first day Dr. Sophia Bakhtadze and Dr. Elles van der Louw reviewed side effects. On the second day Dr. van der Louw discussed the side effects, how to monitor them and focused on the emergency regimes during illness. The afternoon session of the second day was dedicated to ketogenic diet in complex situations like autism, metabolic diseases etc, in the afternoon followed by instructions how to calculate the diet all presented by Dr. Elles van der Louw.

The third day was extremely valuable as it has high practical yield. Dr. Elles van der Louw and one of the local pediatricians visited local stores and chose special products for diet which can be easily found in Georgian supermarkets and therefore be used during the ketogenic diet treatment. After that Dr. Elles van der Louw with participation of child neurologists and pediatricians, were able to adapt ketogenic diet recipes to the Georgian cuisine. The workshop of how to calculate the diet in each certain case with a simple ketogenic diet calculation computer program was held at the end of the third day.

Besides this Dr. Elles van der Louw made a Georgian manual of the ketogenic diet which has high practical yield which is to be used by the local team when starting the ketogenic diet in their clinic.

The teaching course was a great experience and we are extremely grateful to this wonderful and kind lady for coming our country and giving us the chance and support to start ketogenic diet for the first time in Georgia.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EPNS VISITING TEACHER SCHEME:

It is likely more opportunities will be available in 2018.

The concept of the EPNS Visiting Teacher initiative:  A volunteer professor / senior/ distinguished member of the EPNS, who is a recognised expert in a certain field, visits a nominated host centre in a country in Europe which is classified by the World Bank per capita income group 1, 2 or 3 for a short stay of intense teaching. Travel and stay will be supported by EPNS. It may be considered that these visits will take place annually thereafter, if the first visit proves to be a success.

Read all about the EPNS Visiting Teacher awards granted in 2016EPNS Visiting Teacher News

EPNS Visiting Teacher length of visit: 3 days is recommended

EPNS Visiting Teacher budget per visit: up to 2,500 Euros, depending on the length of the journey and how accessible the location of the host hospital is. Receipts must be provided for all expenses, and all expenses can be claimed back after the visit has been completed.

EPNS Visiting Teacher – costs covered by the EPNS

  • Hotel costs in a standard hotel (maximum 5 nights)
  • Economy return flights
  • Transport to/from the airport
  • Transport to/from the place of ‘work’
  • Meals/drinks for the visiting teacher during the stay

2 ways for the Host Country to find a suitable Visitor:

  • The host country locates a suitable expert and approaches them directly.
  • The host country asks the EPNS President or E&T Chair to intermediate on their behalf to find a Visitor who is willing to help on certain topic.
  • for both of the 2 above options, please complete the application form (below) and email info@epns.info

Conditions of the EPNS Visiting Teacher Scheme: The Host Country

  • The host country must be classified by the World Bank as income group 1,2 or 3 (i.e. a country which DOES NOT appear on the World Bank High Income Countries 2017 list).
  • The host country must be in Europe (using the countries in the WHO European region  http://www.who.int/about/regions/euro/en/).
  • The host country must appoint a senior colleague to act as the main point of contact.
  • The main contact in the host country must liaise directly with the visiting teacher, and take responsibility for the organisation and success of the visit.
  • The main contact in the host country must be a fully paid up EPNS member.
  • Colleagues in the host country benefiting from the visit should be encouraged to join the EPNS.

Conditions of the EPNS Visiting Teacher Scheme: The Visiting Teacher

  • The visiting teacher must be a professor / senior/ distinguished colleague who is a recognised expert in a certain field of paediatric neurology.
  • The visiting teacher must be a fully paid up EPNS member.
  • The visiting teacher must be fluent in the mutually agreed language which will be used during the visit.
  • The visiting teacher must provide a cost calculation for the visit

Conditions of the EPNS Visiting Teacher Scheme: both parties

  • Ideally the visiting teacher and main contact in the host country should meet each other before the start of the visit (e.g. at a scientific meeting, at a training course or have Skype contact etc.), to discuss and plan the visit, and set expectations.
  • The host country must prepare a programme of teaching, expert outpatient clinics, teaching rounds in the ward etc. in advance of the visit, in close consultation with the visiting teacher.
  • The visiting teacher and main contact in the host country must agree in advance who will participate in the visit (e.g. fellows, young paediatric neurologists, paediatricians etc.)
  • The visiting teacher and main contact in the host country must agree in advance what needs to be planned in advance to make the visit a success.

How to apply: 

  • Complete the application form which will be provided when the scheme is open

What happens after an application has been sent?

  • All applications received by the closing date will be considered by the EPNS Education and Training Committee members.
  • All applicants will receive an email to tell them the outcome of their application.
  • If the applicant has asked the EPNS to help identify a suitable Visiting Teacher, the EPNS will contact the applicant as soon as possible.

What happens if the application is successful?

  • The photographs provided with the application and details of the planned visit will be added to the EPNS website, included in EPNS communications and Twitter
  • The visiting teacher will be sent an expenses claim form to claim back all expenses after the visit has been completed. Receipts must be provided for each item claimed.
  • The host will be asked to submit a short report / evaluation after the visit has been completed. The report should be no more than 300 words.

Please email info@epns.info with any enquiries