The Global Health Division and St. Luke’s Roosevelt hosted The Gambia School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences’ first international rotation to the U.S., the first emergency medicine rotation offered by the West African school. Organized by Dr. Rafik Hanna, a 2013 Global Health Fellow, three fifth-year medical students were allowed to participate in the one-month EM rotation, which consisted of working one-on-one with attendings and residents, attending lectures, airway simulation labs, ultrasound training and suturing and splinting workshops.
Having been in constant contact, the American and Gambian students and doctors were able to exchange ideas about healthcare, discuss the nature of emergency medicine, and provide insightful views on the differences and similarities between the two nations’ approaches to emergency medicine and healthcare as a whole. This was undoubtedly a rare and stimulating cultural exchange, one that helps perpetuate the necessary dialogue that is shaping global health.
The students were given certificates of completion and personal evaluations. The rotation was a great success, prompting plans for another rotation within the year.