【Medical & Health Care Program】 2019/8/20 火曜日 — 13:56:50
Monday, August 19, 2019
Today started with breakfast at 8:30 am where we had a variety of choices including fruits, cereal, eggs, sausage patties and breakfast potatoes. Then, after a brief talk about GPSA rules, everyone boarded the bus to Duke University.
Once at Duke, we made our way to the science quad, where the students listened to a talk on Neurosurgery in Uganda, given by Britany, a Duke University and Graduate school alumni. Britany explained about the fact that there are many public health problems in Uganda that can lead to trauma incidents that require brain surgery.
Although there are some trained neurosurgeons in Uganda, there are not many and they are not often equipped with the right tools and technological support at their public hospitals.
The students listened to the talk very seriously while taking notes.
Following her talk, Brittany and Duke professor Robert Malkin (the founder and head of GPSA) joined us for a lunch at one of the two campus centers. We had sandwiches, wraps, potato chips and cookies.
Following lunch and a break, Brittany led us on a tour of the Duke University campus. First, we saw the dormitories, which are housed inside beautiful brick buildings. We learned that much of the gothic architecture on the campus is made to look very old, but actually, most of it was built in the 1930s.
Brittany also said that there are a lot of “fake” chimneys and fireplaces on the campus which are only there for aesthetics and don’t actually work! Regardless, they do look good…
Speaking of sports, our next stop was Krzyzewskiville, or K-ville, as it’s referred to by Duke students. Brittany told us that groups of up to 12 students will take turns camping out for 3 months, waiting to get their hands on Duke basketball tickets.
Next, we took a look at the School of Medicine, which is next to the Duke University Hospital. The school of medicine is a beautiful, more modern building on campus. Brittany told us that the school is running out of stone in their private quarry, so many of the new buildings aren’t totally covered in stone, but supplemented with more modern materials like concrete and glass.
Our second-to-last stop was the beautiful campus chapel. We went inside and silently toured the church before finishing our tour at the school shop and then heading back to Alvia, the retreat center. At the retreat center, students listened to a talks by Monica and Angela on COPD and heart disease. We had a turkey burger dinner and finished up the night with reflection. Check out the GPSA Health Twitter account linked here to see student Tweets.