Building bridges in global health
During my first 2 weeks in Haifa, I was responsible in the clinic at first with the doctor to perform physical exams and take histories when possible. I worked a few hours over the 2 weeks with the nurse, performing blood tests and vaccinations. There was opportunity to take on the "primary" physician role on several occasions with either the staff or stage/resident available for backup. There was also 2 days a week, a period for teaching/discussion. Given that a stage was beginning the same time I was, the physician created a journal club where we presented an article and discussed it amongst the 3 of us.In Beer Sheva, I worked in a Bedouin clinic. Given my limited knowledge of Arabic, I worked with the physician. He translated the patients concerns/complaints. If there were any questions or additional information I wanted to know, the physician translated for me. I was responsible for the physical exam component and then discussion with the doctor (depending on the situation) the diagnosis and plan of action.