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Sometimes cultural factors influence the kind of care a physician is able to give in the field.
Working with MSF in northern Nigeria, Dr. Sampath helped treat a very sick child with TB who made an amazing recovery.
Working with MSF in Nigeria and in Sierra Leone, Dr. Sampath learned a lot about diseases she rarely or never saw in her US practice.
Physician Amitha Sampath on how working in the field is different from working in the US and how valuable the national staff is.
Pediatrician Kerstin Hanson says the year after residency is the perfect time to go on an MSF mission.
'It involves a lot of clinical skills, some guesswork, watching, and waiting. You’re not always right.'
'I have learned so much from living in different cultures, working with people from all over the world, and, most of all, caring for patients whom I would never have met were it not for MSF.'
'Even if you are somebody who plans to specialize, don’t lose track of your basic medical skills because in the field that is what you really rely on.'
'There was a nice skills transfer—I did a lot of training but I learned a lot from my Nigerien colleagues as well.'
American pediatrician Kerstin Hanson describes her best and worst experiences.
American pediatrician Kerstin Hanson describes how working in the field is a completely different experience.