I became interested in medical missions while pursuing a different major; I realized my love for science had a unique role to play in directly addressing the suffering of people. After changing to pre-med, I worked as a project director in Ethiopia for a year; while there, I saw firsthand the challenges and rewards of boots on the ground medical missions. My interest in surgery was only strengthened by its broad applicability to low resource settings as well as the surgeon shortage.
As a way to facilitate working abroad, I joined the Deferred mission appointee (DMA) program with the Global Health Institute out of Loma Linda University. The plan is to work internationally for 5 years at Malamulo Adventist Hospital in Malawi when the visas come through. My wife is also in the DMA program. She is an infectious diseases attending at the University of Utah until our visas arrive.
I am currently a general surgery senior resident at the University of Utah. I would be happy to talk to anybody about any step of the process. Mentoring has been a key part of my strategy in residency to connect with others and it has in turn rejuvenated me through many dark days.
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