The Olympus Grants Program: Ready for Impact
Supporting medical education so that tomorrow’s healthcare professionals (HCPs) train on the latest technologies can be rewarding. Casting a wider net to include HCPs in organizations with limited resources in places like Latin America, well that’s icing on the cake, according to Katherine Mann, Grants Manager, Medical & Scientific Affairs, at Olympus.
“Olympus is committed to partnerships that benefit healthcare professionals by contributing to education and providing support that empowers physicians to perform at their very best,” said Katherine.
Two notable medical education grants within the last year include a $1 million+ monetary and product donation to the American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) simulation center. In addition, Olympus made a first-of-its kind donation in Latin America to Asociación Mexicana de Endoscopia Gastrointestina (AMEG), a non-profit GI medical society in Mexico—to support a hands-on endoscopic training laboratory. “These grants demonstrate that commitment to partner with qualified organizations across the Americas to ensure that HCPs receive the necessary training that can have an impact on patient care,” Katherine explained.
The ground floor of AMEG’s Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Innovation and Training Laboratory includes a hands-on training area with four stations featuring Olympus endoscopy towers. The second-floor features auditorium-sized classrooms for courses.
GIs train in Mexico City
In Mexico, AMEG is a nonprofit medical society that connects medical professionals who have a common interest in digestive health. The organization has been in operation for more than 50 years. The $45,000 monetary grant and permanent product donation, announced by Olympus on August 30, 2021, fostered plans to enhance the Laboratorio de Innovación y Entrenamiento Endoscópico Gastrointestinal (LIEEG), or the Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Innovation and Training Laboratory. LIEEG now has a hands-on training area with four stations featuring Olympus endoscopy towers. The second-floor houses auditorium-sized classrooms for courses. The training center meets a need in a region where such resources are nonexistent. AMEG plans to use LIEEG to train students as well as practicing GIs in the region.
“It is definitely fulfilling to see a grant like the one made to AMEG finalized,” remarked Katherine. “Resources are limited in Latin America and access to the latest technology is not always available for physicians to be able to train on. It is great to see that Olympus is bridging that gap by providing innovative technology for physicians to receive training necessary to develop the skills to provide quality care,” she noted.
The training center opened in September 2021 and has offered four courses this year. A formal report of their progress is forthcoming.
Impact of medical education grants
In addition to the impact made through permanent product donations to society-operated training centers, the Grants Committee also considers support for independent medical education programs such as hands-on workshops, conferences, and symposiums. Through support of these programs, Olympus contributes to the education of HCPs throughout the year.
In FY22, the Olympus Grants Committee approved support of more than 250 medical education programs in the Americas, impacting over 300,000 learners.