Recap of a Life Changing Experience

Hello everybody! Sorry for not putting this post up last night. For this post, I want to recap and reflect on my four weeks in Ghana. The experience was enriching and is one that will stick with me for the rest of my life. During my stay in Cape Coast, about 150 kilometers from Accra, …

Cape Coast to Accra

This morning, I woke up bright and early to complete my last shift at the teaching hospital. I only worked for half the day today since I had to leave to Accra in the early afternoon. Despite my short shift, I was able to learn a lot from Dr. Armah. We had some new cases …

Last Day in Cape Coast

Today was my last full day in Cape Coast. The hospital was very busy today. I was once again with Dr. Armah. He was in the hospital overnight and was there until the afternoon today. He told me that he’s gone two full days without any sleep. At around 8:00 AM when I saw him …

Working and Letting Loose

At around 8:15 AM this morning, Dr. Lovi’s team began their rounds. Many of the patients that we saw were follow ups from yesterday. There were however two new cases today. One of the patients was actually in the surgical ward where he has prostate cancer. He was having a lot of pain. We also …

Rounds at the Medical Wards

Today, I was paired up with Dr. Lovi’s team on their rounds through the male and female medical wards. Dr. Lovi is the head doctor of the team and in addition to him, there are medical students and residents that are a part of his team. Each student/resident would be assigned to a patient or …

Beginning of the Final Rotation

This week, I was hoping to do work more in the outpatient delivery unit. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to get a spot in the OPD unit. However, I am back at the inpatient wards but instead of pediatrics, I am now working in the male internal medicine ward for …

Checking off the Bucket List

Hello everybody, I have some exciting stuff to share with you all including the surprise I mentioned a few weeks ago. Before I share that, I want to first of all say that today is World Hepatitis Day! 80% of people living with hepatitis lack prevention, testing, and treatment. Hopefully we can reduce this number …

Cape Coast Castle

This is my last full weekend in Ghana. I cannot believe that my time here is almost up. Earlier this morning, I saw Roland (another coordinator of the program residing in the Accra house). He was visiting some family and friends in Cape Coast this weekend so he stopped by the house to say hi. …

Last Day at the Public Health Clinic

Hello everybody, hope you are all doing wonderful! Today was my last day in the public health family planning clinic and it was a good day. The family planning clinic has three different sections based on what I’ve observed: a procedure unit, a pediatric area, and an adult area. On Wednesday, I was more involved …

World Hepatitis Day Radio Show

Today was a very great day. Earlier this morning, I was at the hospital to observe a ritual clinic. In this clinic, patients who were tested positive for HIV and tuberculosis were reviewed today. I didn’t get to watch a whole lot since I was with other people discussing the outline for the radio show. …

Family Planning Clinic Day #2

Hello everyone, my apologies for not blogging yesterday. I decided not go to the hospital yesterday and decided to recover a bit. I’m feeling a lot better now so I was able to go back to work today! Today, I was able to watch a contraceptive implant procedure. We had one person who was beginning …

1st Day at the Public Health Department

Today’s blog won’t be too long. My fever was a lot better but my throat was hurting. I went to see an ENT specialist and he gave me some antibiotics so hopefully I should recover in the next few days. I startedmy new rotation at the public health family planning clinic today. However, I was …

Last day of Pediatrics OPD

I want to start today’s blog with something I mentioned yesterday. It is in regards to sickle cell anemia. Dr. Ellen told me the other day that it’s very common in Ghana and I wanted to know why. The disease is completely genetic and what many Ghanaians don’t know is that one can obtain the …

Routine Work with Some Free Time

The OPD today was very normal as indicated by the first part of this title. Many cases today were all acute coughs and fevers. We did however have a case where two siblings both did a RDT (Rapid Detection Test) and were tested positive for malaria. I was able to learn more about the oral …

Inpatient to Outpatient Pediatrics

Today marked the beginning of my new rotation at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Last week, I worked alongside nurses and medical students in the pediatric ward by documenting vitals and patient history. In addition, I sat alongside the students and residents to discuss different child mortality cases. This week, I will be shadowing Dr. …

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