Khamp Southisombath, MD, Global Health Fellow 2016-2017
The UW Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship was a great balance between clinical and global health work. When I started, I was unclear of what my role as a physician was going to be in the field of global health. Through the fellowship, I had the opportunity to learn from excellent preceptors and global health leaders in the field of travel medicine, HIV, tuberculosis, infectious disease, dermatology, and immigrant and refugee health. I traveled abroad and worked in my home country of Laos. Most importantly, I was supported and mentored by people who genuinely cared for my development as a global health physician. Completing the fellowship has given me insight on what my role is in the field of global health.
Since the completion of the fellowship, I have started work at a community health center that serves a diverse group of patients including immigrants/refugees in South Seattle. I will be going back to Laos every year to continue my work in Laos. Overall, the fellowship was a wonderful experience and I would truly recommend it!
Elisha Nziengui Boussengui, MD, Global Health Fellow 2014-2015
The time I spent as a Global Health Fellow was invaluable. I was able to craft my fellowship to suit my particular interests and needs for my career straddling between local and international medical pursuits. I particularly valued the access to knowledgeable faculty and clinicians in many disciplines, the opportunity to develop teaching skills in teaching/supervising medical students and residents, and the strong mentoring in travel medicine.
Anna McDonald, MD, MPH, Global Health Fellow 2014-2015
I completed my fellowship in the 2014-2015 academic year and it was the perfect opportunity for me to expand my infectious disease and tropical medicine knowledge while continuing to practice full spectrum family medicine. In addition to doing rotations at the Harborview STD clinic, Leprosy clinic, Madison (HIV) clinic and TB clinics, I was also able to complete the Gorgas course in Peru, which allowed me to graduate with a diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. I will be leaving fellowship to start a position with the Global Health Service Corps (run by the Peace Corps and SEED global health) in Malawi, where I will be working on an academic development project in collaboration with the College of Medicine in Malawi. I am so thankful for all of the teaching and exposure to international experts in the field that this fellowship has given me.
Kristopher Sherwood, MD, Global Health Fellow 2012-2013
Perhaps my favorite episode from fellowship came during my time in Burundi. During my trip, one of the Burundian physicians I was working with came to ask me for help. He was treating a man for Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and the patient had developed marked swelling over his body and in his hands, especially. I knew very little about Hansen’s disease at the time, but was honored my colleague asked me for help. I didn’t want to let him down so began pouring over some textbook sections on Hansen’s disease. I discovered that in Hansen’s disease there are 2 types of immune mediated reactions to the infection that often occur not long after starting treatment. Based on the reading, we started the man on prednisone. Also, I snapped a few photos of his skin lesions and sent them to Chris Sanford, who in turn shared them with Jim Harnisch, who runs a Hansen’s disease clinic at Harborview. Dr Harnisch sent me back a series of very helpful emails that allowed us to control what we ultimately determined was Erythema nodosum leprosum for the patient. During the next 1.5 months of my time in Burundi, I sent a large number of pictures and emails back and forth with Dr Harnisch and with other friends and colleagues I met during my residency and fellowship at the UW from a wide variety of fields(HIV, Derm, ID, Nephrology, Ortho, Radiology, etc), bringing some of the collective knowledge of a large academic medical center to bear on the medical problems of a country with no residency training programs and only a handful of specialty trained physicians.