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Bhutanese QA Expert Awarded travel grants and impresses Johns Hopkins University
Timothy Amukele, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, August 09, 2013
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 Rixin Jamtsho, Clinical Biochemists and the National QA Person based at Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) in Bhutan was awarded travel grant of $2500 by American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) in recognition of his research abstract entitled “ Current Status and the Role of Laboratory Quality Assurance System in Bhutan”. American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and related disciplines. In the annual meeting of the AACC held in Houston in Texas at George Brown Convention centre on 28 July -August 1 2013, Rixin Jamtsho successfully presented his work where about 17,000 scientists and professionals gathered to attend the meeting.

In addition, Pathologists Overseas awarded travel grants of $6000 for trip to Johns Hopkins University to present his work in Pathology Department. The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, is the research university, dedicated to advancing both students' knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. For about 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked number one in the United States in 2013 for our excellence in specialty and quality of services. Rixin Jamtsho was invited to present his work following the AACC meeting. The work he presented to the faculty members on 5th and 6th August, 2013 at the John Hopkins Hospital was incredible and impressed all the audience who remained glued to their seat and dumbfounded with eyes wide opened at his excellent presentation. Following his presentation, he was escorted for a laboratory tour and met the directors of various departments and shared the views and ideas on laboratory quality management.

Pathologist Overseas Inc. is a USA based non-profit organization whose membership consists of a dedicated group of pathologist and laboratorians who put in their effort and resources together to help the laboratory services in the developing countries. Ever since the collaboration was developed in 1999 between Laboratory Department in Bhutan and Pathologists Overseas, this organization has been one of the major contributors in capacity building and advancement of laboratory services.

Pathologists overseas extended free assistance in the form of equipments, books, reagents and placement of volunteers. Pathologists Overseas also conducted Training of Trainers (TOT) for doctors and nurses at JDWNRH in 2006 to help enhance skills and knowledge of hospital staff; and also provided ex-country training for the radiology technicians.

We also installed Laboratory Information System for the first time in Bhutan in 2008. We came to know Rixin Jamtsho since 2011 when we eight laboratories have been enrolled in Royal College of Pathologist of Australasia External Quality Assessment Scheme (RCPA-EQAS) who efficiently coordinates with the help of few subordinates. Rixin Jamtsho having completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Chemistry and Research in Clinical Laboratory Quality Assurance has taken unique steps to establish the QA system in Bhutan worth publication and publicising. He has worked enormously to improve the quality of laboratory services both at the central and national levels in Clinical Chemistry and remarkably improve the quality of laboratory services in Bhutan.

Therefore, we the faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University and Pathologists Overseas, would like to suggest the Media Organization and the Ministry of Health to publish and publicize his work to provide confidence of the laboratory results to the people of Bhutan as we can see remarkable improvement not only in the laboratory results but the Quality system as whole.

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