We are 4th year medical students form US. We have done abroad trips in the past with our medical school and wanted to continue that in our last year of the school. After looking online for programs we choose Work the World and Pokhara.
We found the organization provided great structure and advice while Pokhara allowed us to see a smaller city of Nepal. When we arrived at Pokhara, we were greeted by the Assistant Program Manager. She gave us a nice tour of the house and introduced us to the other students we would be living with.
That night we experienced our first family style meal by the catering team which was delicious. In fact, every meal in the house has been wonderful. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the week always serving Nepali favorites with twist on food from home, like Lasagna and meatballs.
The house here in Damside is spacious. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and a wardrobe for each student. There are long tables in the dining room for fun family style dinners and a large common room to relax in together and watch movies.
The balcony is a favorite spot with views of the mountains. There are three hospitals that you get to work in here. I (Katherine Biggs) worked in the Emergency Department in one of the hospitals. The department is not that big with 8-15 beds depending upon how busy it is. While working there, I shadowed doctors and interns.
Even though I did not get more hands-on experience, it was always worthwhile to see lot of interesting cases and difference in the practice. It was very interesting to see how doctors work with limited resources trying to give best treatment to the patient. I must say it is one of the best learning opportunities. Due to the limited resources and patients having to pay out of their pocket up front, many diagnoses are made with few tests. It was amazing to see how involved the families are with patient care.
Some of the interesting cases in which I was involved were Tuberculosis, Ventricular septal defect, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Thyroid and other tropical diseases
They bring patients in, get them in bed, and bring them to test, feed them and cloth them and anything else they may need. I saw here many of the same types of cases that I would see back home such as diabetes, strokes and trauma, and also infections less common in the US. I (Aimee Magnarelli) worked in another hospital, in the Pediatrics unit. The doctors included me in the ward rounds and clinic. The hospital remains quite busy which provided the constant stream of patients.
Some of the interesting cases in which I was involved were Tuberculosis, Ventricular septal defect, Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, Thyroid and other tropical diseases. There are also other opportunities to be involved in the community at local schools and orphanages.
When you are not at hospital, there are always activities to participate in. We have spent our afternoons at Lakeside, hiked to the Peace Pagoda, saw caves and water falls, visited Chitwan national park for Elephant Safari, went Ziplining and also learned how to make Momo.
In conclusion, we have had an amazing time in Nepal we are really sad that we are leaving.