During your residency at AMC, you will have the opportunity to participate in international experiences. Our residents have traveled to Africa and South America, as well as the Caribbean to name just a few. Many of these opportunities are sponsored within AMC, although several of our residents have joined other medical academic missionary groups in their pursuit of an international experience.
Our very own Med/Peds faculty are leaders for two of these experiences which provide care to patients in these developing nations.
The Engeye Clinic in Ddegeya, Uganda
Board of Directors: Dr. Jen Lindstrom
Faculty Preceptors: Dr. Jen Lindstrom, Dr. Paul Sorum, Dr. Elizabeth Higgins
The Engeye clinic in Ddegeyae Village, Uganda is a unique opportunity for Med/Peds residents at Albany Medical Center. The clinic excels at delivering high-value care in a resource-limited setting, and our residents are challenged with the same mission. Residents diagnose and manage everything from acute infectious diseases such as malaria and typhoid, to chronic diseases such as diabetes, now becoming prevalent in the developing world. Residents participate in community outreach and prevention activities in the area, including immunizations, distributing mosquito nets and blood pressure screenings. As opposed to many other medical mission trips, Engeye is built for sustainability, so the mission continues even after our physicians leave.
"Our physicians come back with a love for the local culture and a perspective of medicine unlike anything you will experience in residency."- Danielle Wales, MD, MPH Class of 2014
The Engeye Clinic in Ddegeya Uganda
Founded by an AMC Alumna, The Engeye Clinic is the primary site for this international experience. Standing in the top row center (gray t-shirt) is the clinic manager and to his left is Dr. Danielle Wales. Seated in the bottom row are AMC medical students and Dr. Paul Sorum.
Danielle Wales, MD, AMC medical students and local Ugandan children.
Center of the World
Jennifer Lindstrom, MD; Paul Sorum, MD; Danielle Wales, MD
Board of Directors: Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom
In the early 1990's, a group of plastic surgeons from Albany, NY founded Albany Plasticare International, a not-for-profit medical mission group that travels to the Dominican Republic on an annual or biennial basis. The group provides surgical services for adults and children at Santiago Children's Hospital, as well as in hospitals and military bases in San Pedro de Macoris and Santo Domingo. In addition to the repair of cleft lips, cleft palates, and burns, they also provide reconstructive surgery with the goal of improving functionality of the individual. The group works in conjunction with the local American Peace Corps to ensure that the patients also have appropriate medical follow up after the team leaves the Dominican. The medical team consists of plastic surgeons, plastic surgery residents, anesthesiologists/CRNAs, nursing, internal medicine/pediatric residents and general medical volunteers. Residents learn how to participate in responsible international medicine and what healthcare systems are like in developing countries. Through exposure to these systems, residents gain a better understanding of how limitations to quality healthcare can result in major medical issues. These problems in turn impact the patient's developmental, social and educational achievements.
"Working in the Dominican Republic helped me grow as a physician clinically. I learned a lot while I was there and developed a deep appreciation for the profession I am in. I enjoyed working there with all of the friendly people and staff. "- Jaison Jose, DO, Class of 2012
Dr. Jaison Jose (Class of 2012)
Dr. Jennifer Lindstrom (faculty) with a pediatric burn survivor
Dr. Imran Asad (Class of 2011) evaluates a patient in San Pedro de Macoris