02.28.2009 85 °F
Our month in Vinh truly was worthwhile. It was great to be immersed in a health care system tootally different from the one in which I have trained so far. Everything was such a memorable experience: from talking with the doctors in broken medical English to examining so many kids with pathologies that we rarely see in the U.S. because of the access to so much care back home. I also fell that the asthma survey will wind up doing much good. We had a final day meeting with the hospital director and we gave him suggestions as to how to implement a program to educate both children and parents about asthma. It was an incredible learning experience and I hope to return one day when my medical knowledge is so much better than it is now, and maybe my Vietnamese will be slightly better also.
An awesome experience and Kelli and I hope to set up a pipeline to Vinh for Tulane students to come every year or so. We would highly recommend it.
The country is amazing and the kindness, hospitality and generosity of the Vietnamese people is truly humbling. This has so far been a trip that will forever be on my mind and as soon as I return home, I will be trying to figure out when I can come back.