Global Scholar Perspective: India with the Global Health Leadership Program

Elizabeth Holmes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Student, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

In August of 2015, I had the pleasure of going on a month long interprofessional educational experience with the Global Health Leadership Program (GHLP). The trip was a 4-week rotation through the hospital at Dr. D.Y.Patil Medical and Research Hospital in Pune, India. During my time there, I rotated through OB, Community clinics, Medicine and Surgery. About two weeks into the trip, I was joined by two medical students from Johns Hopkins, and we did a joint research project on the medicine floors of the hospital on the risk of stroke among patients in the wards there. At the end of the 4 weeks, we presented our research to the nursing and medicine department heads and students. It was an amazing experience to be able to witness different healthcare systems, conduct international research and be culturally immersed in the Indian community.

One of the greatest things I will take from that experience is the sense of community there. They were instantly welcoming and extremely gracious. As I rotated through the floors and worked on our research project, the hospitality and kindness continued. The students in the mess hall invited me to sit with them and the patients were consistently open with their diagnosis and welcoming me to learn. I could not have asked for a better experience to fill my 4-week break from school with. This trip was an experience of a lifetime. The ability to witness different healthcare systems, conduct international research and be culturally immersed in the Indian community for 4 weeks was one that I will remember forever and has changed me at my core. One of the greatest things I have learned at Hopkins, is to be open at all times in life to grab onto the opportunities around you and soak up every moment in between, while constantly learning from others and asking questions at every turn. I was able to have this amazing experience thanks to the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and the GHLP leaders, and I can’t thank them enough for supporting my education through this global immersion.

If you want more information regarding the GHLP and the Interprofessional trips they have, please their website.

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