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

GHSP Volunteers in Uganda organize national conference on wound care and pain management

Andrew MarxBlog, Seed Awards, Uganda, Uncategorized

Over 220 local health professionals attended a conference on wound/burn care and pain management organized by Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) Volunteers in Uganda on April 16. The conference was funded and organized using Program Support Resources provided by GHSP, and involved GHSP Physician and Nurse Educators, faculty colleagues, and medical and nursing students from all of the GHSP sites in Uganda, including a delegation of 60 who crowded onto a bus for the 11-hour journey from Mbarara in southern Uganda to Lira in the north, where the conference was held. “It was a wonderful conference,” reported Cherie Clark, a GHSP Nurse Educator based in Lira, who shouldered the daunting logistical challenges of hosting a national conference at a new university that opened its doors less than four years ago. “We had pretty broad representation. We had quite a few … Read More