Dr. Youlanda Hendricks came to Hamilton recently from Guyana for a 16-week elective during her anesthesia residency. We sat down with Dr. Hendricks (left) and her clinical supervisor, Dr. Joel Hamstra (right) of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, for a chat.
You won’t find the village where Marlia* lives on Google Maps. It is upriver, way upriver, from the nearest city, the city with the clinic and the doctors from another country that are keeping Marlia alive.
Marlia has end-stage renal disease (kidney failure). She needs to receive dialysis to stay alive. So, three times a week the married mother of two walks out of her small home at six in the morning. She walks through her small village on the Demerara River in Guyana’s jungle and enters a small boat to take her downriver to the industrial town of Linden.
There she boards a bus, which takes her to a stop where she disembarks and climbs aboard another bus, which takes her to the city of Georgetown, the capital city, where she disembarks and walks to the Doobay Renal Centre. Travel time: four and a half hours.
Dr. Harriet Nankabirwa from Uganda visits with one of her patients at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton while her supervisor, Dr. Joye St. Onge, looks on.
Dr. Harriet Nankabirwa is visiting Hamilton from Uganda through the International Outreach Program, doing a clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine. We sat down with Dr. Nankabirwa and her clinical supervisor, Dr. Joye St. Onge, for a chat. Dr. Joye St. Onge is Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She is also the Geriatric Medicine Residency Program Director.