What were the challenges
and memorable moments?
In regards to my time in Nepal, I had many memories of being the field medic accompanying 20 young people (International and Nepali) on a 20 day trek through the Himalayan foothills!
Challenges included, leech bites, diarrhoea outbreaks amongst the group, and a few emergencies.
A particular case involved a non-diabetic experiencing hypoglycaemia and me treating her in a valley basin where we had little phone signal. As the only medical professional on the trek, I was multitasking treating her, directing colleagues to find signal to communicate the situation with our medical team back in the office but also to make judgement call to evacuate her.
What did you learn?
The case above highlights how your clinical skills were challenged but also your logistical skills, leading a team of non-medical professionals and working in environments with little resources. Furthermore, when working with new cultures, I had the challenge of treating patients who don’t immediately trust you as a western doctor and compliance was a common issue.
Would you recommend the post?
I would highly recommend taking this post as you step away at the end of the year with a broader range of skills than I could have anticipated, lifelong friends and a lot of stories.