|Teaching session for staff at a district health center|
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Pediatric Hospital Care in Uganda
Scott Nabity, MD, MPH
Resident in Medicine-Pediatrics at MGH
February 3, 2017
When the time comes to head back to the U.S., I feel both positivity and regret.
The positive excitement largely represents the longing I feel for the return to comforts of home, familiarity, friends, and family. It also comes from reflection on the contribution, regardless how small, my interactions may have had on the work of frontline Ugandan clinicians. Regret, conversely, seeps from a place where not giving enough and missed opportunities reside. While the clinical need appears endless, we are not interminable beings, and sustainability requires some attention to self. Choosing impact rich activities helps, too.
The MGH-MUST Global Health Collaborative is an established, multifaceted, long-term investment in research and education. Over the course of three years, the collaborative provided me freedom to better identify sustainably oriented opportunities in such settings, even when strictly short-term in contact and scope. Because we often arrive focused on hard outcomes – abstracts written, research studies funded, gadgets produced, procedures performed – the simplicity of exchanging information as the desired outcome can fall aside. Hard outcomes are important, but so are the soft ones. I’m fortunate to have had the privilege to learn about choosing wisely.