Archive for August, 2018

INMED International Medicine Clinical Skills Courses in Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, August 31st, 2018 |

  Skillful health care for culturally diverse people in low-resources settings will be an extreme test of your clinical abilities. Just imagine the challenges you might face serving in the wake of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, Congo’s growing Ebola epidemic, or even California’s persistent measles outbreaks.   This fall, INMED is offering our series of […]

Why Are More African Newborns Dying Of Sepsis?

Friday, August 24th, 2018 |

  One of the most daunting challenges in low-resource healthcare is the gathering of reliable data with which to guide interventions. Now comes new data from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, a former INMED Training Site, in Malawi, Southern Africa, indicating that the number of newborns dying from sepsis is rapidly accelerating. Sepsis is a bacterial […]

Reentry Shock: An Occupational Hazard of International Healthcare Volunteers

Friday, August 10th, 2018 |

  Most persons returning home from a significant cross-cultural journey go through a very unique experience termed cross-cultural reentry, reverse culture shock, or reentry shock. I experience this each time I return from Angola or China, and it consists of disorientation over relationships, economic life, activity expectations, and even attention span.   These multi-fold disorientations […]

Bragging On My Colleague – Angola Day 32

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 |

  Abundantly illustrative: Oscar Paulo and I,  saying farewell at the International Airport in Lubango, southern Angola. I am returning to the US until I journey back next July. Oscar is soldiering on here in his home country.   Let me give you a glimpse into the character of Oscar Paulo: Professional. Oscar completed specialty […]

Chinese In Africa? – Angola Day 30

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018 |

  “你们为什么在非洲?”是因为我们在这里工作!Twice this month I enjoyed caring for patients from China here at CEML Hospital. It’s an understatement that they express surprise to hear their native language spoken by a North American on location in southern Africa. The even greater surprise may be that they are even here to begin with, and here by the […]

What Is Your International Health Certification? – Angola Day 28

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 |

  “Your ambition is to make a career of medical missions? “No serious skills are necessary. “You don’t need to finish med school or even complete residency training. “Just go do it.”   These were the skeptical words of one professor of mine some time ago. He made it clear that I was wasting my […]