Archive | April, 2012

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Multicultural Care

Posted on 25 April 2012 by Shemer Ratner (Meds 2014)

A 12 year old boy from Angola, 17 year old girl from Russia, an 8 year old from Gaza. What do all of these children have in common? They are all in the Cardiology department of the Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon, Israel. One by one they were called into the Echo rooms to have the pre-surgical assessment of their heart valves.

Nervous aunts, cousins, mothers or interpreters accompany the children from their home countries. Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, Spanish, Portugese and Russian are just some of the languages heard, but the real method of communication has less to do with spoken language. Continue Reading

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Asante Sana Tanzania!

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Supriya Singh (Meds 2014)

This past summer, I travelled to Tanzania with Medoutreach and had the opportunity to experience firsthand the rich Tanzanian culture. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt at home. Everyone is so friendly and I felt like a celebrity walking down the street because everyone comes to talk to you, smiles as they pass by, and wishes you good day. There is so much love in Tanzania. After only a few weeks in the city of Arusha, the locals knew us by name and would call us the “mzungu” doctors who have come to help. Something as little as a kind stranger’s smile and greeting of “mambo” really made my day. Continue Reading

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Surgery in China

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Audrey Tran (Meds 2014)

I am, by no means, a surgery keener. I have, for the sake of “trying it”, managed to do one surgery observership during my first year of medical school. My memories of this afternoon include spending four hours standing behind the surgeon, resident and several nurses, wearing 10 lbs of lead and a mask that uncomfortably warmed up all the air I breathed, and trying my hardest to keep my hands within the small window of my torso and NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. (I was scrubbed back in twice after failing to sustain this.) Needless to say, I did not come out of it convinced I wanted to spend much more time in the OR. So when our hosts at the vascular surgery department in Shanghai asked us who wanted to see the surgery and who wanted to go rest, I have no idea why I was one of the people who went to go see the surgery. Continue Reading

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The Global Health Experience

Posted on 08 April 2012 by Dan Wong (Meds 2014)

Travelling to China this summer as part of a global health initiative was about a lot more than building international relationships for the future, or learning about China’s healthcare system. It was about a lot more than participating in clinical observerships, or trying to adapt and communicate in an unfamiliar environment; or even about gaining a valuable experience that may help open the door to future global health initiatives. Although Medical Students Initiative in China (MSIC) did offer all of these things to me, the true value of this initiative was the challenge it presented and the opportunity for self-discovery and self-growth. Continue Reading

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