Family medicine rural clerkship rotation
The main focus of our experience was the Monday, Wednesday and Friday walk-in clinics. Here we got to see patients of all ages and specialities. There were cases from obs/gyn, pediatrics, cardiology, etc. We also saw a lot of the more common typical family medicine cases like hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, gastroenteritis, STDS, etc. We were allowed to see patients by ourselves and we had translators available to help us communicate with the patients. We reviewed our cases with the staff. On Tuesday and Thursday, we were allowed to shadow in the OR and help with minor procedures, such as d/c, ultrasounds, wound debridement, etc.
We rounded every morning in pediatrics, adult and maternity wards. We were able to follow our own patients that we admitted and came up with plans with the help of the staff. It was interesting to see the different labs and exams available in low resource settings and work with doctors from all over the world.