Read More - FGHL Blog: Vivian Lei - Entry 1
Personally, working in the A&E has challenged me in surprising ways. There are not nearly enough nurses and staff available to start IVs, draw blood, hang IV fluids, administer medications, or reassess patients. Much of that responsibility is left to the physician, and it’s awkward to admit I’ve placed more IVs in 2 weeks than I have in all of residency. Lab results can take half a day to return and a CT scan is often out of the question. While it is actually refreshing to rely on my physical exam, technical skills, and clinical intuition to take care of patients, I feel the weight of each decision I make much more.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Joseph Reardon - Suicide: Guyana’s Silent Epidemic
The statistics were just numbers to me until my first few weeks at Georgetown Public Hospital, where suicide attempt is a routine chief complaint and deaths from poisoning and hanging are common in our emergency department. These are just the patients that survive to get to the emergency department. In the US, I had seen plenty of suicidal patients, usually with a minimal gesture like taking 5 tabs of Tylenol in order to buy an admission to a psychiatric ward. In Guyana, suicidal patients mean it, and they are usually successful the first time.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Joseph Reardon - Global Health and Bean Counting: How do Compassion and Cost Meet?
Working on the ground in a global health field position is a special chance to observe the collisions of world views, and Georgetown, Guyana is one of the most spectacular melting pots to do so. I am fortunate to work with resident physicians, nurses and students who are supremely passionate about providing the best emergency care for everyone who comes through our doors. We have great and powerful motivations from our faiths, families, friends and life stories. But as is always the case, an army of do-gooders cannot meet the needs of a whole population. How do we move from the cottage industry of global health into a world of systemic change?
Read More - FGHL Blog: Joseph Reardon - The World is Shrinking – And health is the language of diplomacy
Global health itself is worth every penny in global peacemaking. If we could tweet out the cross-cultural bridges built during every patient-provider interaction in hospitals like ours, we would dwarf the Olympics in size. Recent articles have described how global health should be situated prominently in the foreign policy plans of governments. The far more difficult and important challenge is to discover how global health efforts can change the hearts and minds of more people and become bridges of peace every day.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Craig Sheedy - Entry 5
My last night in Guyana arrived sooner than expected. I worked my last shift and then went out to dinner with the A&E residents. It has been an incredible and rewarding experience spending a month in Guyana teaching emergency medicine and learning about the healthcare system in a developing country. I have told the emergency medicine residents and doctors here that their job is much harder than mine - and that they are doing incredible work. The local doctors are learning not only how to practice medicine, but also how to advocate for continued change and improvement in the healthcare system. I only hope that I have made an impact here by sharing my training and experience.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Craig Sheedy - Entry 4
This week there have been two holidays to celebrate, giving me a few days off work and the chance to experience some of the local culture. The first holiday was the Hindu holiday of Phagwah, which is observed in March and celebrates the triumph of good over evil as well as the arrival of spring. The celebration involves music, dancing, and lots of color! Each person wears white, and then colored chalk is used to make each person into a canvas.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Craig Sheedy - Entry 3
About a week later I was walking down the road after my shift when I heard “doctor, doctor!” I looked over to see this infant’s Aunt, she had pulled over to the side of the road while driving by. She was eager to tell me that he had undergone corrective surgery, had a diaphragm repair with mesh, and that he seemed to be recovering well.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Craig Sheedy - Entry 2
Practicing medicine in a hospital with limited personnel and resources requires additional thought and focus to provide optimal care to patients. The local health care providers have a harder job than I do back in the States. On my second day in the hospital, the nursing staff went on strike because they were not receiving enough support from the hospital and nursing administration.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Craig Sheedy - Entry 1
The emergency medicine residents and graduates have been eager to help me get oriented, to discuss interesting cases, and hear about the differences in practice between Guyana and the United States. Now, after few days of on the job experience, I am much more comfortable in this environment and excited for the weeks ahead of me, to provide both patient care and teaching to the local doctors.
Read More - FGHL Blog: Michael LeCompte - Packing Up
During my brief time at Kijabe Hospital, I was able to meet and interact with multiple people from different backgrounds, nationalities and professions that had all assembled at this particular hospital to serve the mission of the hospital and care for the patients. Though these encounters are often brief, there is a deeper sense of community and common bond in these relationships that is different from common work relationships or friendships.

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