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The Journey: Cohort 2017

Each time I have traveled to Indonesia, I have returned with a broader perspective and deeper appreciation for the importance of medicine, research, and cultural competency. My first journey to Indonesia, I was an intern, just like my students. Working in the Siloam Hospital contributed a great deal to my evolving concept of the patient-provider relationship. Returning for this 2017 Cohort as the Program Coordinator, I have had the pleasure of walking with my student-interns as their own philosophies of healthcare and their appreciation for cultural competency begins to blossom. Over the course of the 3 week program, interns have shared dozens of stories of how they were deeply impacted by patients, challenged by research, made lasting friendships, empowered by clinical training, or moved by the culture of the Indonesian people.

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Our Last Hurrah!

This was it; our last full day in Indonesia before we would go to the airport to head back to the States. We continued our adventure in Bandung. After a nice breakfast in our hotel, we walked a few blocks to our bus, as the roads were closed due to a marathon. We took a bumpy yet scenic drive to Dunsun Bambu, which translates as “Bamboo Village”. We instantly noticed how surreal and beautiful it was, with all of the bamboo and greenery and flowers that surrounded the village. This was the perfect time for us to explore and take an immense amount of photos to document the memories. After our not-so-brief photo session, it was time to debrief together about our trip and how the Lord had been working in our lives over the past two and a half weeks.

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“The Sound of Music”

By Friday, we had completed the Clinical aspect of our internship at Siloam Hospital and MRIN. Myself and the rest of the clinical team joined the Research Internship team for their presentation on the data and culmination of their work to the MRIN and Siloam Leadership. Prof George and the MRIN research PIs assessed the quality of the intern’s work and results. The presentations were well put together and representative of the hard work that was poured into the internship. Our work there was done. We wrapped up the day with goodbyes, pictures, and bittersweet moments. With both the Clinical and Research interns completing our stay at Siloam and MRIN we were ready for the next adventure – and it would be a musical one!

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A Day in the Hospital Part II

Clinicals have been very impactful for me. I had the amazing opportunity to shadow a medical student, Rini Sentosa, and her preceptor dr. Anita in the pediatric ward. My excitement was building up as I saw all of the tiny faces in the waiting room. We saw many patients, but a few really stood out to me. One of the first patients we saw was a four year old girl whose mother was worried about her language development. She expressed her concern about how her daughter is much quieter than other children and never verbally says what she wants.

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Pursuing Healing, not just Cures

For one of my rotations, I was paired with a medical student in obstetrics and gynecology. The mothers that had come in to give birth had already delivered their babies, and were resting in peace. In the downtime, I took some space to think. I reflected on the patients I had seen, the doctors and medical students I had interacted with, and the lessons I had learned through all my experiences.

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The Art Of Patient Care

“How do we Care for Others?”

I have heard many answers to this question over my relatively short life, many of which hold some level of truth. Some have been very general, sweeping answers while others have been very specific and narrow. This post is not necessarily meant to answer this question exhaustively, as I believe that there is not necessary a complete answer. However, I do want to touch on some aspects that I have found to be present in professional care-giving while working in rotations at Siloam Hospital.

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Research: The Beast

If you are one of the bajillion wild, passionate people trying to get into a medical school, then you probably know how important it is as a future applicant to gain research experience. If you are a Biola Pre-Med, then I’m sure you have heard about the “unattainable ideal,” of which “significant research experience” is a part. If not, allow me to aggressively direct you to BOHPA. Yes, I said aggressively.

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Revenge of the Sea Lice

We awoke to the gentle rocking of the sea. The waves were a little rougher this morning as the previous night was filled with the flashes of a nearby thunderstorm. We meandered upstairs to a breakfast of pastries, fruit, and sausage links prepared for us by the crew. The whole experience was so surreal. All of it was still sinking in for us. We were so incredibly blessed to have an opportunity like this and we cannot express enough thanks to Mr. Riady for setting it all up.

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Sea Lice? Never Heard of Them

It was bright and early Saturday morning. Well, it was not bright, but it was definitely early. Our 5:00am alarms going off and not getting up until 5:30am. We are all packed and ready to go on a boat adventure to Thousand Islands. We were expecting to head to a typical harbor filled with fishing boats and tons of people to board what we assumed to be a sort of cruise ship.

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