WFUMB Center of Education: Bangladesh, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology ［WFUMB］
Bangladesh is the eighth biggest country of the world with a population of 165 millions, about 2.5％ of the world population. In 1980, 2D realtime ultrasound was introduced as heart imaging. In 1982, the only static ultrasound machine was established for routine imaging of abdomino-pelvic-soft tissue imaging and immediately becomes very popular. As a new modality, initially there was no facilities for ultrasound education. Bangladesh Society of Ultrasonography, National Organization of the Diagnsostic Medical Ultrasound Specialists, took the initiatives to promote education in ultrasonography. In course of time other subjects like Radiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Cardiology, Family Medicine, etc incorporated ultrasound in the respective subjects. Bangladesh Soicety of Ultrasonography. An affilate organization of AFSUMB, was formed in 1989 started ’Certificate in Clinical Ultrasonography’ in 1991. It is a 12 weeks long certificate course for the beginners who have little or no exposure to ultrasonography. The course became very popular helped to disseminate ultrasonography through out the whole country. Subsequently the Society proposed 2-Step Education Policy for the country. Step-I Education is for Beginners and Step-II Education is for experienced doctors. Accordingly a one-year long ’Diploma in Medical Ultrasound Diagnosis’ course is run under the University of Science & Technology Chittagong. There is a plan to introduce a five-year long ’MD in Ultrasound & Imaging’ course under a university. In 2004, World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology has established its First Center of Excellence in Dhaka. So far the WFUMB COE has organized 15 workshops for the practicing doctors. Resource personnel from different countries join the programme. This program is very popular and useful. First Friday of every month is reserved for the CME programmes on clinical ultrasonography. The society also publishes its official journal regularly where the members can publish their research works and their observations. Bangladesh is a developing country with very limited resources. Ultrasonography is a cost-effective modality essential for patient management. We are trying our best to develop this subject and maintain its quality.