Archive for August, 2014

Ebola Vs The World

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 |

  Why is ebola such a concerning crisis? The fact that this is an unusual disease sparks intrigue. That it is contagious from person to person engenders particular alarm. But while I empathize with those who are ill, we also do well to consider the broader picture of health on the African continent. My colleague […]

How Would You Manage This Fracture?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 |

  I’m holding up to the window a plain X-ray (remember those?) from a young man in acute pain that fell from a moving bus in Angola, southern Africa. As you can see, the femur fracture is displaced and shortened. As you cannot see, this is also an open fracture. Bony fragments have pierced the […]

People To Watch: INMED Intensive Course Grads

Monday, August 18th, 2014 |

  On Saturday we completed the 2014 Late Summer INMED International Medicine & Public Health Hybrid Courses – events that consistently attracted some of the world’s most remarkable participants. Please let me introduce you to just a few: Joseph Muroka, a native Kenyan with a passion for his own people, who just graduated from the […]

Ebola, Ann Coutler, and Virtue Ethics

Monday, August 11th, 2014 |

  Kent Brantly’s gradual recovery from Ebola infection is heartening news, for many people across North America are quite inspired by the example of his courageous medical care on behalf of the thousands in West Africa who suffer from this disease – one that carries an eighty percent risk of death. Clearly Dr. Brantly’s sudden […]

INMED Grads: Eyes And Your Own Vision

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 |

  John Clements, pictured here at the Boa Vista Eye Center in southern Africa, approached me four years ago about serving via the INMED International Medicine Fellowship. At that time I was also comforting the leaders of Boa Vista over the tremendous challenge of locating a qualified eye specialist. What an encouragement to facilitate Dr. […]

Beyond Ebola: Other INMED Grads In Action

Friday, August 1st, 2014 |

  We continue to follow the progress of INMED Graduate Kent Brantly in his personal battle against Ebola infection. His courage and devotion is hearteningly common among INMED Graduates. Susan Fockler, pharmacist, and Jennifer Wilson, family physician, are two additional INMED Grads who, like Brantly, have also invested heavily on behalf of the citizens of […]