Empowering My Students to Have a Voice – Nurse education in Uganda

Daisy WinnerBlog, Nursing, Uganda, Uncategorized

Two years ago, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) established the first Masters in Critical Care Nursing program in Uganda with a small class of just six students. After two years of intensive course work and direct patient care, the students are approaching graduation. Prior to becoming a Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer, I spent more than 10 years as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Now, as a GHSP Nurse Educator, I have used my knowledge and experience to mentor and train these students in their second and final year of study. The students conduct most of their clinical training at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH). But the resources to make the best evidence-based practice interventions are often unavailable at MRRH.  So as they prepare to end their program, they are required to spend three weeks in the Intensive … Read More

Incoming GHSP Volunteer Nicole Geller – “Excited to become a better teacher, a better clinician, and a better person”

Andrew MarxBlog, Featured, Liberia, Nursing, Uncategorized

In December 2015, Nicole Geller, a nurse-midwife with over two decades of clinical and teaching experience, was the 275th (and very last) person to apply to the Global Health Service Partnership for placement in 2016-2017. Now Geller is looking forward to being one of the very first GHSP Volunteers deployed to Liberia. “I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this opportunity to teach in Liberia,” Geller said. “I appreciate every part of the opportunity – that it is so well organized, that it is structured, that I am given some lead time to prepare, and that I am going to be put right in the center of what needs to be done.” Geller traces her path to GHSP and Liberia all the way back to her childhood. Growing up as “a minority in a minority” on … Read More

Seed Award Improves Training for Students, Care for Patients in Tanzania

Andrew MarxBlog, Medicine, Seed Awards, Tanzania, Uncategorized

When Ruth Oenga and Sakina Moloo started the second semester of their fourth year in medical school in Tanzania back in March, they had a basic theoretical understanding of what electrocardiograms are used for and what the readouts look like. But they had never laid their hands on an EKG machine. Nor had they ever had an opportunity to observe and practice how EKGs can be used to improve diagnosis and treatment for a variety of different cardiac patients and conditions. Now, just three months later — thanks to the initiative of three of their faculty and a Program Support Award from Seed Global Health — Ruth, Sakina, and their classmates have all practiced using an EKG machine in their classes and applied their newly acquired skills and knowledge to help patients at the hospital. “We had been learning how to … Read More

GHSP Nurse Educator Megan Coe: Two years of teaching and learning in Malawi

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Malawi, Uncategorized

Prior to becoming a Global Health Service Partnership Volunteer in 2014, Megan Coe did not have any experience as a nurse educator. So naturally, she learned a lot in her first year as a faculty member at Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) in Lilongwe, Malawi. And it was the lessons she learned that first year that inspired her to extend her service for a second. “That had been my first year teaching,” she explained. “I felt that staying a second year, doing another round of of classes, I could improve what I had learned in teaching and keep moving forward.” Now, she will continue to use the knowledge she has gained in the last two years to further her service for a third year. “The more you understand and learn about the context, the more you have to offer,” says … Read More

Sharing knowledge and memories – GHSP Volunteer and Ugandan physician reminisce

Andrew MarxBlog, Medicine, Uganda, Uncategorized

Ari Hoffman had just completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, when he arrived as a visiting faculty member at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda in 2013. Sam Olum had arrived a year earlier as an Internal Medicine resident, after having completed medical school at Gulu University and working for two years as a medical officer at Lira Hospital and Lacor Hospital in northern Uganda. Both of them anticipated Ari’s arrival as a Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteer with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Ari worried that the residents he would be teaching, including Sam, had already worked as medical officers and probably had more clinical experience than he did. Sam was concerned that the GHSP Volunteers, including Ari, would expect them to know all about medical procedures … Read More

Record number of GHSP Physician and Nurse Educators to be placed for 2016

Andrew MarxBlog, Medicine, Uncategorized

This year the Global Health Service Partnership will be placing a record number of Volunteers. Over 70 physicians, nurses, and midwives will be deployed as visiting faculty to five different countries, more than doubling the number of volunteers placed in 2015. As the number of GHSP Educators has increased, so has the number of our partner institutions. This year GHSP will be expanding to two new countries, Liberia and Swaziland, where GHSP Faculty will be deployed across five medical and nursing institutions. The program will also expand to two new sites in Malawi. With the addition of these institutions, faculty will be placed at 21different sites, a 50 percent increase since 2015. The increased number of GHSP Educators and the expansion to new sites will broaden the impact of the program, strengthen medical and nursing education, build the number of … Read More