I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Egbe with a few other SIM short term associates during the month of July. My experience with Egbe was so amazing, and it was definitely worth the long drive! I was only in Egbe officially for about a week, but during that week, my schedule consisted of shadowing resident doctors, surgeons, and other staff at the hospital.
My experiences at Egbe Hospital was one of my favorite shadowing experiences throughout my entire stay in Nigeria. The resident doctor I shadowed, Dr. Walter, was so kind and created a learning environment for me. When I asked questions about some disease or why he did the things he did, Dr. Walter clearly explained the anatomy and physiology behind everything. Dr. Walter also allowed me to practice taking blood pressures on some patients so that I could better my skill. At the hospital, I also got to see how the pharmacy works, what the Under 5 and Antenatal clinic is, and shadow surgeons in the OR! I have a huge passion for surgery, and being able to see surgeries with my own two eyes was unreal and really gave me the motivation to push through medical school even though it will be very difficult.
The experience that I’ve gained is unforgettable, but the staff is also incredible there. I felt so welcomed and challenged spiritually by different staff members. What I’ve noticed with all the staff members that I was able to engage with was that they all truly love God with all their heart. The reason why they are in medicine and healthcare is because they want to use medicine as a tool to reach those who are vulnerable, broken, and hopeless. The staff uses the skills that God has blessed them with to ultimately glorify God, and that is what my goal is. At Egbe Hospital, I’ve learned how to be a great and patient doctor while glorifying God at the same time. I definitely would recommend visiting Egbe Hospital if possible!