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While her practice in the United States prepared her for dealing with the death of a patient, anesthesiologist Julia Sobol wasn't prepared for how young and healthy her patients would be in her first MSF assignment.
Anesthesiologist Julia Sobol talks about her typical workload during a 2 month MSF field assignment in Jahun, Nigeria
When a piece of equipment she relies on in the United States wasn't available in her MSF mission, anesthesiologist Julia Sobol learned to modify her practice.
'Conditions change . . . you may all of a sudden have casualties of war when you thought you were going to be doing C-sections.'
'In the field, you come to rely on clinical judgment and the ability to take a history and do a physical examination.'
'Take as long an assignment as you can so you can give more to the project but also get more from it.'
'Having curiosity, a sense of adventure, and enthusiasm are essential. It’s good to know your professional and personal limits – what you can do and cannot do.'
'Consider going to the field early in your career because the experience will make you a better practitioner.'