IMA has provided me with an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. In the last three weeks, I have met physicians and hospital staff that have taken their time to teach me and my peers. In the US, it is incredibly difficult to obtain clinical exposure and experience, but the doctors and staff at CPGH welcome you with open arms and truly want you learn from their lessons. Although Kenya is a third world country and lacking proper medical resources, there is so much modern medicine in the states and abroad can learn from their practices. Apart from the hospital, the living conditions and IMA staff were wonderful. They care about each intern and strive to make their experience as perfect as possible. The food cooked by Wilson and Paul was amazing. The chefs introduced me to authentic Swahili cuisine, and I was never disappointed. The house keeping staff was kind, always keeping the IMA villas clean and tidy. The drivers and security were always so nice and managed to make me feel safe, whether we were at the villas or exploring the sites around Mombasa.
Bella and Phares were my right hand me, as they were always there for me and the other interns, making our stay the best it could possibly be. Some of my favorite memories that I will take back with me were the community outreach clinics. Being able to interact with Kenya’s youth has a major impact on me, and I hope the feelings are reciprocated. Educating children on proper hygiene is so important, and I’m glad IMA encouraged us to get involved in the community outside the hospital. This program has introduced me to a myriad of people and taught me so much. I am beyond grateful for the experience this program has given me, and I encourage anyone seeking valuable medical experience to consider IMA.
I believe the most valuable aspect of this program was learning how comprehensive medical care can be provided with Kenya’s lack of resources. In Westernized cultures, medicine has increasingly been dominated by technology. We rely on a plethora of tests in order to obtain a diagnosis and then continue to implement technology during the treatment of patients. This results in astronomical hospital bills that burden families for years after treatment. Kenyan physicians do things quite differently. Because CPGH serves such a poor population, the doctors refrain from expensive tests in diagnosing patients. Rather, physicians rely on their extensive knowledge to determine and care for the conditions patients present. While working with doctors in the obstetrics/gynecology ward and pediatrics ward, I was able to learn how diagnose and treat many conditions with the least amount of resources possible. If anything, I have truly realized that sometimes less is more. Despite the huge amount of money spent on healthcare in the United States, the Kenyan healthcare system still manages to do as much as, if not more in some cases, the United States in treating patients