I hailed from the UK in late 2008. After a hectic and nerve-racking interview season i was thrill to match at the University of Chicago for a residency position in Emergency Medicine. This was my first real exposure to the American health care system. My colleagues and teachers were kind, patient and generous. The colleagues I trained with have become some of my closest friends. I will always remember UoC with fondness, training was filled with….well everything! No I mean it EVERYTHING! We had trauma, health disparities, aero-medical transport, international repatriation, habitat for humanity trips to New Orleans, pediatric tertiary care and nurses and physicians who became role models for my future.
Post residency I decided to continue my education as a fellow in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins. I spent the first year adjusting to the new role of attending physician, I completed a Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (10 months is really really short), passed boards and adjusted to life on the east coast. This year I was very lucky to receive a post-doctoral Fogarty fellowship in South Africa.