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Botswana

"As a soon-to-be ID fellow, I sought an intensive clinical experience with a focus on HIV and TB care for my AOC block. Working in Botswana provided good practical experience in the management of both; patients with TB and HIV fill every ward of Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH). The medical staffing gaps are marked, so visiting physicians will find that they are welcomed with open arms. " - John Szumowski, Botswana

"I think it is important to get out of the bubble of tertiary care medicine in a place like Boston and see how medicine is practiced in a different culture, with different medical and social problems, and in a more resource poor setting. It is really eye-opening and I think can have a lasting effect even on how you practice medicine back in the States. For that reason, I think it is helpful, even for someone who may not pursue a career in global health" - Jennifer Nierman, Botswana

"I worked 4 days a week on the adult medical wards in the hospital and one day per week in a clinic setting. My days started at 7:30AM with a meeting for all the medical staff to discuss the overnight admissions and other difficult cases. " - Rebecca Zash, Botswana

"It goes without saying that my clinical experience in Botswana was unmatched by any rotation in Boston. As I had hoped, I became more familiar with the diagnosis and management of HIV, TB, and other opportunistic infections during my rotation. I gained confidence in starting and adjusting ARV regimens. I also became more comfortable caring for patients with end-stage HIV." - Lauren Scott, Botswana

"My experience at Scottish Livingstone Hospital was that every day spent on the wards and clinic brings fresh ideas for quality improvement projects and numerous opportunities to educate and be educated. The interaction with the local doctors and nurses is very positive, they are happy to teach and share their abundant experience in managing patients with such conditions as advanced AIDS and TB, show you how to work the system, help you bridge the cultural gap with patients etc and are equally happy to learn from residents...The great thing is that very small interventions can make a huge impact. In this sense the opportunity for visiting residents to make a real difference is something that has little parallel in the US... If I came away with anything from my experience in Botswana it is an even stronger conviction that this is what I want to do with my life, that I had truly found my calling." - Tomer Barak, Botswana