Clinical residents at Weill Cornell have the opportunity to rotate at Weill Bugando in Mwanza, Tanzania. Please contact Lindsey Reif at (email@example.com) to inquire about
doing a rotation at Weill Bugando. Please see Weill Bugando's page for more information.
Dr. Rob Peck of Weill Cornell teaching Tanzanian residents at Weill Bugando
Below is a "Story from the Field" by Dr. Christina Gagliardo who completed a rotation at Weill Bugando.
As with any new experience in a foreign place, no amount of reading and inquiring could fully prepare me for the colorful sights, sounds, smells, culture, and practices until I was in the midst of it all. My first venture into the hospital was overwhelming to all the senses...Soon I would learn the all-important greetings, and my attempts at the language would help me gain the trust of some of the patients and their parents.
I started each day going to morning report, watching the intern on call report the statistics from the day before- the number of admissions, discharges, transfers, and deaths. I listened to an explanation of a death, which often involved the intern being informed after the patient had already “collapsed.” This would be followed by a case presentation from a medical student and an assistant medical officer (AMO) student. I made a note to myself to work on presentations with the students, doing a general review of the standard format to give a case presentation. I also had the chance to give morning report, and it was a nice opportunity to demonstrate what I thought was an organized case presentation. It was met with positive feedback, and I think provided a good example of a way to present a clear history and to formulate an appropriate assessment and plan.
Ultimately, I learned so much from my experience. As a pediatrician going into infectious disease, I saw an incredible amount of pathology and disease that I would not otherwise be exposed to. I can now describe the devastating effects of tetanus and polio to parents in my clinic that are reluctant to vaccinate their children. I have a better understanding of certain African traditions and practices as they relate to childcare and health. I will approach my families from different African countries with a great deal more insight as a result of my time at Bugando and in Tanzania. I can only hope to have given as much to the students, physicians, and patients I encountered. Dr. Christina Gagliardo and Sister Violetta, an assistant medical officer student at Weill Bugando
Read her full "Story from the Field".