Ben Sayers (NU EM '11) traveled to Ghana in the summer of 2010 for 5 weeks to work at the Kintampo Regional Hospital as part of a program sponsored by the GE Foundation and operated by Columbia University. The program works in conjunction with the national Ghana Health Services and is designed to introduce the newly recognized medical specialty of emergency medicine to the country. Ben's role was to serve as a physician, educator, and administrator in a newly opened rural emergency ward servicing an estimated catchment area of 100,000 people. He managed countless critically ill pediatric patients, infectious diseases, and disaster level polytraumas. Ben also had the opportunity to deliver lectures and administer small group exercises to hospital staff and students. He was able to design and implement multiple changes for both the emergency ward and the hospital as a whole by working with hospital administration, as well as spend time meeting with government officials to help disseminate ideas about improving care systems nationwide.
More information about the program here.