Slums of Nairobi draw RUSM students for an elective


RUSM student Navapoln Ramakul, center, at a clinic in Kenya.

RUSM student Navapoln Ramakul, center, at a clinic in Kenya.

Nine students from Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) participated in the most recent international interdisciplinary elective in Nairobi, Kenya, during the first two weeks of September. Together with students from Chamberlain College of Nursing, “they saw and treated hundreds of patients who have  limited access to health care, or none at all,” said RUSM’s Dr. Rhonda McIntyre MBBS, FAAP, FRCP(C), associate clinical professor and director of the Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM ) at Princess Margaret Hospital in Dominica.

Our students' interest in serving while learning on these humanitarian missions helps develop their community spirit and foster the development of the compassionate aspect of medicine,” McIntyre said. “We have numerous stories of life-saving interventions initiated by students, with close supervision and direction by our preceptor MDs who accompany them.”
Patients were seen by teams consisting of nursing and medical students under the supervision of RUSM’s Dr. Fitzroy Armour, other physicians, and Kenyan nurses and social workers.
“The days were long, sunrise to sunset and hard physically and emotionally,” said Armour. “I taught the translators, women and children how to make a solar funnel cooker using a recycled piece of card board and some foil. They were amazed at the fact that when the sun was shining, the money they use to purchase coal, kerosene or diesel to cook two meals could be used to buy 10 eggs instead. Yes we cooked eggs in the solar cooker. We used some black electrical tape to make a pot out of a metal mug with a tight fitting cover.”

The next Kenya clerkship is scheduled for April 26-May 10, 2014.