Saturday, July 16, 2011

New Challenges

MDK-20110713-0426, originally uploaded by monkeydoc

If you've read the blog in the past you'll notice that the volume of posts has gone down significantly.  At first I didn't understand quite why things didn't seem so important to share.  Through time I've come to the conclusion that this place is beginning to feel like another home with it's own routine.

The first few trips were marked with complete sensory overload and a helter-skelter schedule.  The mental effort necessary just to walk to the hospital without being run over by a matatu, boda-boda, or fall into a ditch is daunting.

The workflow of the hospital is so completely different from Indiana that it took me four years to understand that patients travel miles and miles for CT scans and that a two-day time period from exam to report means that the patient waits miles from home for two days.

That isn't to say that I've mastered everything in Kenya. The new challenges seem bigger and more long-term so it's not as easy to share in a blog post or two. 

One new challenge worth sharing has been working with the radiology residents.  In the past, I have been able to work on programming a little, read scans here and there, and in general get things done at the hospital during the day.  On this trip, the residents are so eager to spend time learning and reading exams that even getting through a few CT scans takes nearly the entire afternoon.  I've realized that, much like Indiana, I need to set aside time for non-clinical activities.

The residents are quite a refreshing addition, and hopefully something that will make visiting folks from the states feel better about their participation.  I'm excited to see how they progress as time moves on.

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