Open Heart Surgery in Rwanda: Joining Team Heart

Written by Andrea Steely, M.D.'12
Growing up in southern California with two parents in the movie industry, I never imagined I would one day become a cardiac surgeon.  I grew up drawing and painting—always being creative.  In fact, I had planned to become an artist until science caught my interest in high school. I loved the idea of thinking up a question, doing some research, and coming up with a way to try and answer that question.

Reflections on Butabika Psychiatric Hospital

Written by Brian Rosen '19
I excel at intellectualization. It is a fickle defense mechanism, allowing the observer to fully comprehend the situation in front of them without fully engaging in the emotional context...My habit towards intellectualization even followed me into psychiatry, a field that fully embraces the nuances and significance of human emotion. Read more...

Women in Rural Tanzania: Educating Patients, Improving Health

Written by Alexandra Miller, M.D.'18
In large, bold type on page nine of my Swahili medical dictionary and phrasebook is written “Bora kinga kuliko tiba,” which translates to “prevention is better than cure.” Although this is a common phrase in English, we forget that for some diseases there is no cure. Cervical cancer is often diagnosed beyond a curable stage in resource-limited settings, despite being a preventable disease.

Plant a Tree, Plant Your Roots

Written by Dr. Samuel Luboga
Collaboration in home activities promotes bonding among family members. This idea is reflected in the Swahili saying, Suku mbili mugeni. Suku ya tatu mupa jembe. “For two days a guest is regarded as a visitor and is waited upon, however on the third day he is given a hoe to participate in the work (digging) the family does for a living.” Essentially, this means that s/he has become a member of the family.