I’m a junior doctor taking a year out of training after completing my two foundation years. I first visited Uganda on my elective as a medical student where, just weeks before leaving and having had multiple plans fall through, I took a place at Kiwoko Hospital as they had a last minute gap. I ended up loving the placement and fell in love with Uganda – the people I met were warm and welcoming, the landscape lush and the hospital was a supportive environment while caring for some extremely sick patients.
When it came to taking a year out I knew I wanted to do something worthwhile. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel a fair bit over the last few years, and while I love experiencing new places and cultures, sometimes traveling from place to place can begin to feel superficial or even over-indulgent. The chance to settle into a community and try and use my skills for something useful and sustainable really appealed to me, and having thought and prayed about it, coming back to Kiwoko felt like the right thing to do.
I spent a fantastic three months doing a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at Liverpool to learn more about working in a resource-poor setting before going away. We had the privilege of being taught by some amazing lecturers and learning more about worms than I ever knew was possible. By the end of it we had a bizarre fascination with looking at stool samples down a microscope!
The next couple of months were spent working in the UK, applying for schemes so I’ll have a job to come home to in August, and spending some quality time with friends and family while preparing to leave.
And now you join me as I begin the next adventure in Uganda!
I would love any thoughts, comments or questions…. feel free to post on here or email emma–firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂