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Rural family medicine in Ghana

General Project Information
Type of Project: 
Clinical
Date of Experience: 
2012-08-20 - 2012-09-20
Project Description: 

Family medicine rural clerkship rotation

Location

Nalerigu
Ghana
Student Experience
First Name: 
Megan
Last Name: 
Delisle
Description of Student Experience: 

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.

Organization Information
Name of Organization: 
Baptist Medical Center
Description of Site: 
Rural missionary hospital
City/Town: 
Nalerigu
Minimum Time Commitment: 
none
Availability: 
All year
Main Language Spoken: 
English
Other Language(s) Spoken: 
Many local tribes have their own language.
Other information
Funding Source: 
McGill Undergraduate Medicine Travel Award
Program Cost: 
$2,000
Level of Experience Necessary: 
None
Hours Worked per Week: 
50
Dress Code: 
very casual
Travel Details: 
Air
Housing Details: 
The organization has houses available for the volunteers with cooks on site.
Essential Items to Bring: 
Malaria prophylaxis, resource books, stethoscope, BP cuff