After having been immersed in rural maternal care in Uganda and completing my Ob/Gyn clerkship at the University of Iowa, I appreciate even more how limited the resources, technology, and preventive measures truly are and how incredibly fortunate we are to practice medicine in the United States. We have hospitals with sterile equipment, post-partum hemorrhage and mass transfusion protocols, access to emergency transport services, and so much more to maximize good outcomes. This experience gave me so much insight and encouraged me to pursue my interests in global women’s health but also to appreciate the training I’m receiving in the United States so that I can work to improve maternal mortality both in countries like Uganda and here at home in the US.
Obstetrics, gynecology, Iowa, Uganda
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