"Through a connection with a family friend in Sri Lanka, I was able to set up an internship for a week and a half at Nawaloka Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital.
"My goal was to learn more about a different healthcare system and to learn about advantages and disadvantages of that system. Most of my experience consisted of shadowing through different units of the hospital and speaking with physicians and staff. They were interested in learning about the differences in our healthcare and educational system in the US, and were also happy to discuss the Sri Lankan healthcare system with me. I not only learned about some of the issues facing the system but also how they have worked to treat dengue fever, a major disease in the region.