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Global Health Education Student Experiences Matilde Hoffman

Drexel medical student Matilde Hoffman in Kampala, Uganda.

Makarere University in Kampala, Uganda
Senior Ob-Gyn Elective 2018

"The month spent in Uganda was not only an incredible educational experience, but also a unique cultural immersion. Not only did we have the opportunity to work alongside talented physicians, but we also met people from all over the world and learned about Ugandan and other cultures.

Drexel medical student Matilde Hoffman in Kampala, Uganda - Mulago Hospital.
Drexel medical student Matilde Hoffman in Kampala, Uganda - Mulago Hospital nurses and attendings.

"For 4 weeks, Monday through Friday, we went to the Obstetrics and Gynecology referral Hospital for Mulago, located in Kawempe. Residents, attendings, nurses and midwives were immediately welcoming and helpful. It definitely took a little bit to get adjusted to the different ways of doing things around the hospital, but having an open mind helped understanding how to be of the most help. We participated in morning report, teaching rounds, triaging patients and writing notes. We also assisted in vaginal deliveries, vacuum deliveries, laceration repairs and C-Sections. We were able to round with the maternal-fetal medicine and oncology teams as well as spend a couple days alongside the NICU physician, where we learned their ways of taking care of neonates. It was great to learn how to provide great patient care with limited resources.

"In addition to our educational experience, we were lucky to have the opportunity to learn about Ugandan culture. We took Luganda language lessons, went to the local cultural center to learn about different Ugandan tribes and dances, and met other international students. We were also able to explore Kampala on our own, taste the local foods and watch live music. Thanks to some of the members of the Rotarian club involved in the intercontinental project with the Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, we were able to go to Murchison Falls and do a safari, as well as explore local rural towns.

Drexel medical student Matilde Hoffman in Kampala, Uganda - Listening.
Drexel medical student Matilde Hoffman in Kampala, Uganda - Exploring outdoors.

"This was an enriching experience I would recommend to all students, no matter what field they are going into. It opened my eyes to a completely different culture and way of life, and allowed me to make lifelong friendships and professional relationships.

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