Beauty Sandhu, a uCalgary Family Medicine resident, shares her experiences from an elective with our Family Medicine program in Guyana.
"My time in Guyana as a first-year Family Medicine resident was something I will never forget. I went to Guyana with an open mind and came back with a heart filled with gratitude. I spent two weeks with the Family Medicine program, from which the first group of Family Medicine practitioners in Guyana will graduate in November 2018! I was exposed to numerous clinics in Georgetown and surrounding municipalities.
During my time there I saw patients with HIV, TB, malaria, yellow fever, and other pathology that I wasn’t used to seeing. The patients were so gracious and willing to share their stories. I learned to be resourceful with the limited diagnostic testing and treatment options that were available to me, and have a newfound appreciation and awareness for selectivity in medical testing.
The residents helped me so much by teaching me the ins and outs of the health care system and culture in Guyana. From celebrating Phagwah, being invited for home-cooked meals, and going out for karaoke, and introducing me to Soca music! I was shown so much love by the residents, and have kept in contact with some of them. Guyana is a beautiful country with an evolving health care system and I feel so fortunate to have been able to learn so much during my time there."
PGY1 Rural Alberta South Resident
University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine