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Firsthand Accounts of Global Health's Impact

Adnan Chaudhry, MD, a UB resident, who served in a remote hospital in Congo:

“In the 10 hours I’ve been in Impound, I’ve seen what appears to be scrofula and AIDS; a baby with FUO who looks very ill and tachypneic; multiple tropical wound ulcers; several malnourished children; possible Potts vs. polio; an 8-year-old girl with vaginal pain who was raped a year ago by a 10-year-old; tropical leg ulcers/ infections and multiple other HIV/AIDS patients. The pathology is real and palpable.”     

Rahul Kapoor, MD ’18, who attended a national global health conference in 2017:

“It was a privilege to attend the meeting! It was awesome to meet and learn from individuals who have different backgrounds—culture, education, beliefs—and who are passionate, creative and inspiring. It made me grow personally and professionally. I saw old colleagues whom I hadn't seen in years, made new friends and met potential collaborators. Moreover, the lectures were amazing—well organized and thought provoking. The experience inspired me to become a part of a global service community. I hope to attend and be a contributor next year and beyond.” 

Shane Brown ’20, who attended the Unite for Sight Global Health Conference:

“I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the Unite for Sight Global Health conference at Yale University. The conference made me aware of the numerous opportunities that are available to me within the realm of global health. Hearing peace workers, doctors, nurses and physical therapists speak about their experiences helping the poorest and most vulnerable members of our world was inspiring to say the least. I especially enjoyed hearing the innovative ideas put forth by graduates and undergraduates from various universities who sought the mentorship of experienced leaders. This made me hopeful that new and fresh ideas are being explored to tackle the many problems that face our world. This opportunity taught me the importance of being a world citizen, and I am looking forward to using this experience in my practice of medicine.”

Julie Garchow, MD ’14, who served in Uganda as a fourth-year medical student:

 “As a medical student in the U.S., you’re usually delivering the placenta, not the baby. But in Uganda, we were able to do first assists on C-sections, supervised by a physician.”