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NATIONAL MEDICAL FELLOWSHIPS INC
July 14, 2010

NMF is an incredible organization that offers a well structured 2mo. healthcare immersion program for underrepresented senior medical students in two countries of Africa. I participated in Ghana and while there, I learned through first hand interactions with patients, providers, and national administrators of the challenges and benefits of their newly created national health plan. We also assisted General Electric, a cosponsor, in their equipment and community needs assessment, which gave us much greater insight to the challenges of effectively delivering equipment to regions with poor infrastructure. From a medical perspective, I provided care in the pediatric and obstetrics wards, learning of and treating conditions I had only read of in the U.S. I was also able to conduct a public health centered research project that may soon lead to better neonatal outcomes in the district I served. Through this program, I learned a great deal about myself, effective philanthropy, and the sacredness of my chosen profession. It was without a doubt the most useful two months of my 4yr basic medical education. p.s. It was well structured, supported, and receptive of feedback.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as a pediatric resident.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funding. They do an incredible job with what they have, but rural Ghana poses numerous logistic challenges.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Incredible mentorship at every level.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly motivated, giving people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

likely provide much needed physicians to the immensely understaffed regions we served. Consider the fact that Assessewa Government Hospital has only one physician, who plays several roles, but serves the 100,000 people of the district.

Ways to make it better...

I knew a little Krobo prior to arrival.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

advertising and funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I conducted a research project, worked in the hospital, and with a group, conducted an equipment survey and community needs assessment.

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