In Kampala, School of Medicine students and residents train alongside Ugandan surgeons
YSM students and residents traveled to Mulago Hospital in February for a week-long project that included two full days of travel in addition to the three-day workshop that covered operative dissection and use of ultrasound in a trauma setting. Their team was the latest from Yale to travel to Kampala since 2006, when the Department of Medicine and the medical faculty at Makarere University launched their collaboration on clinical care and training.
On the other side: listening to patients
Alita Anderson, M.D. ’01, has been performing a cultural awareness exercise in various iterations at Yale for nearly 15 years. Her goal is to convey to new medical students how cultural differences between patients and doctors can easily go unrecognized, to the detriment of the doctor-patient encounter.
How art sharpens students’ clinical skills
The sharp observational skills that every artist must cultivate are also helpful to physicians. The key to observation, whether in art or in medicine, is “removing interpretations and assumptions about what is in front of you,” says medical student Siyu Xiao.