Elective Rotation Field Stories

"On both the psychiatric and medical wards, the Sri Lankan providers emphasized treating the patient as a whole, and incorporating the patient's family and support system in their treatment, which is something that I will take with me into my day-to-day work as a physician in the US."
- Liz Gilbert, Med/Psych, March 2018

"Developing countries such as Thailand have a higher prevalence of opportunistic infections within the HIV population. Our time on infectious disease allowed us to see numerous cases of what would be rare infections in the United States. These experiences have expanded our medical knowledge of these topics and reinforced the importance of HIV prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment."
- Annie Reihman & Luke Cerbin, Medicine, March 2018

"When we had a patient that required central venous access, my Nicaraguan co-resident taught me how to place a central line using the landmark technique. I showed him how to place a central line using ultrasound-guidance, which is now standard of care in many developed countries. This mutual sharing of information made my rotation a really interesting and meaningful experience."
- Laura Miller, Med-Peds, March 2018

"As the acting attending for the pediatrics service at Tenwek, I developed more independence and autonomy as a physician and learned to better lead and teach the residents with whom I worked."
- Megan Pike, Pediatrics, January 2018

"Having the opportunity to work with smart, caring people who are willing to do more than what is asked of them to take lifesaving actions for the sake of our patients - this is one of the reasons why I was inspired to go into medicine - and my time in Eldoret allowed me to live that."
- Vishwan Pamarthi, Radiology, January 2018

"In addition to expanding my medical knowledge, I had the opportunity to learn from patients and providers alike about how Navajo culture interacts with health and wellness and informs health delivery... One of the most meaningful experiences I had was a quiet afternoon spent with a patient who explained how - learning from the strength and resilience in the face of innumerable adversities he had seen in his ancestors - he chose to turn outward with love rather than anger as he walked towards his death."

- Megan Gillum, Medicine, July 2017

"I took care of many patients at KCMC who could not afford their medications and who did not show up to clinic appointments because they could not afford to pay transportation costs. Even though I was halfway across the world, I could not help but be reminded of my patients at the Duke Outpatient Clinic, who often face the same exact problems related to their care. My global health experience has strengthened my resolve to try and figure out how to make care more affordable for patients both in low-income settings like Tanzania, and in low-income neighborhoods right here in the US." 
- Caroline Sloan, Medicine, July 2017

"Residency in China is much different than in the United States. This was explained to me over and over again during informal luncheons, dinner outings, and exploring the history and culture of Beijing.I became great friends with residents at Beijing Hospital who were able to share their thoughts about their health care system and professional goals in the future. What was striking is that they were equally interested in learning about training in the US and wished to apply similar concepts in their own training, such as developing a sense of autonomy in caring for their patients."
- Peter Hu, Medicine, March 2017