Until Next Time, India

By Aislinn McMillan India really gave me an appreciation of perspective. It was monsoon season when I was there, and thus it was always pouring rain or overcast and about to be pouring rain. Streets would be muddy and commutes would be wet. My American umbrella was not fit to deal with the rains and … Continue reading Until Next Time, India

“Bem-vinda a Mozambique!”

by Jordan Anderson Well, here we are at the end. I am sorry that my blog post is coming so close to the conclusion of my trip. Sometimes it takes until the end to truly understand the beginning. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Jordan Anderson and I am going into my second … Continue reading “Bem-vinda a Mozambique!”


By Aislinn McMillan ‘Endometrium.’ ‘Cystic lesions from cerebellum.’ ‘Gluteal abscess.’ ‘Fluid from knee’. ‘Placenta.’ ‘Collection around heel.’ As I sift through diagnostic registers, these are just a few of the types of samples types I see. Like many of my classmates, I relied heavily on a study resource called SketchyMedical to learn microbiology. This resource … Continue reading INDIA: WHEN TB IS ALWAYS IN THE DDX

Olá from Brazil!

by Allison Reichl I have been living in beautiful Salvador, Brazil for a month now. My research project is to study stem cell genes in hepatocellular carcinoma, in order to understand whether cancer stem cells (CSCs) are important targets in liver cancer therapy. The resected livers that I study here are unique because of the … Continue reading Olá from Brazil!

A Lesson in Hospitality

When I think of my arrival in Botucatu, a small city in the Brazilian countryside, the first word that comes to mind is “hospitality.” From the first day, I was eagerly greeted and introduced to the town, which boasts two large university campuses, several historic buildings, and numerous nearby waterfalls. When I came to the … Continue reading A Lesson in Hospitality

Border Health: Tijuana

Each morning begins with an 18-mile drive, a 0.5 mile walk across the border, and an Uber ride to the Tijuana General Hospital where I will see patients for the day.  In the process I cross the busiest border in the world which also has the largest income disparity in the world.  Additionally, this border … Continue reading Border Health: Tijuana


It’s the Fourth of July and I can hear the bombs dropping on Syria. Here in Ramtha we are 5km from the city of Dara’a. It’s loud and constant for months in Dara’a and for years throughout Syria. I used to love fireworks. I don’t anymore. ARRIVAL: I arrived in Jordan on June 29th excited … Continue reading Jordan

Harar Ethiopia: a city of peace and acceptance

Living in Ethiopia for the past two months has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As an American with Ethiopian heritage, it has made it even more personal. Getting to see the land where my parents, grandparents, and ancestors grew up has been a very special part of my work abroad this summer. Prior to coming for … Continue reading Harar Ethiopia: a city of peace and acceptance