"During my time in India, I had the opportunity to work with some incredible Indians - one social worker and one nurse - who I believe are capable of changing the world. They are working to adapt the way in which low birth weight babies are taken care of and monitored in Gujarat, India and I gained an amazing amount of insight from the way in which they defied their own cultural norms. I am so thankful I got to work with Pranav and Sumayia and look forward to seeing how their work continues in the coming years. I also learned a lot about myself on this trip and realize that my effects on the community and hospital are very small in comparison to the effects this time had on my life. I fell more in love with maternal and newborn health and started to learn more about the challenges and (small) victories of clinical global health. I'm hooked and can't wait to continue traveling and incorporating global health into my future career"

- Kajsa Vlasic - 2016 Research

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Katie and her Rwandan Team

"I struggled with how one individual can make a difference. I came to an understanding that although money can make a difference in the opportunities these patients have for treatment, empowering those local physicians who will be practicing with knowledge may make a greater difference to more patients. I realized how important global health is to me and discovered how I want to contribute to global health. I hope to take the tools and knowledge that I acquire during residency and throughout my career abroad by helping to teach other individuals in developing nations."

Katie Schoen Gentry, 2016 Clinical Rotation

"I am very glad I chose Rwanda as my away site. It forced me to adapt quickly and come to terms with the differences regarding patient care of Huye vs the U.S. I learned to accept what we have as resources and learned to fully use what we had. I learned to be culturally sensitive to make patient care more robust. It was very rewarding that regardless of different culture and language we were able to make changes to improve care of our patients.  I learned to quickly work with what is available and make fast efficient decisions to find a solution when what we needed was not at our reach. I found it very touching how very receptive patients were when I attempted to communicate with them. They were very understanding of my limitations with the language and we even developed a speechless form of communication that I can’t explain."

- Fara Vega, 2016 Clinical Rotation

Rounds in Rwanda

Heart Disease Patient

"Twenty-four-year-old female with history of rheumatic heart who we discovered has staph epidermidis subacute bacterial endocarditis, as well as hypocalcemia (due to malnutrition) and a septic thrombus in her right internal jugular vein. She needs anticoagulation and four to six weeks of daily intravenous antibiotics, as well as Lasix and digoxin to manage symptoms of heart failure. Eventually, she will need a heart valve replacement. I can hope the stars align for her here in Rwanda and that she can recover."

Sarah Bridge, 2015 Clinical Rotation
(Photos posted with permission from patient.)

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