Reflections from Ankur, a Bridge to Health Volunteer

Reflections from Ankur, a Bridge to Health Volunteer

Ankur Gill shares his experience in Uganda as a Research Associate with Bridge to Health’s 2014 Brigade.
Overall, I did not expect the trip to be as illuminating as it ended up being. This fact goes for both my career as well as my current medical knowledge base. Being among a crew of people fulfilling the same dream that I wish to fulfill has made me realize that this is truly my passion, and to come short of this dream would be an impossible reality. It was incredibly nice to see everyone at different stages in their careers because it gave me a glimpse of what I was in for, looking into my future as a medical doctor. In many ways I consider fellow friend and research associate Albert and myself to be the luckiest of the Bridge to Health group because we were not only exposed to all the staff and local physicians, but also to every different facet of healthcare. We were able to survey and be a part of a research project focused on maternal health, we took vital signs and entered data in triage, we joined the doctors and took histories of patients, and we even observed the dentists as they performed extractions and root canals on African children. However, after all was said and done I felt empty inside because although I was able to help in more ways than one, I couldn’t directly diagnose the locals and I couldn’t be at the forefront of attack in the battle against sickness in Africa. To say that it was a tease would be an understatement, because I know one day I will be in the place of these hard working doctors. This is in no way a bad thing because thanks to the potential I have realized I have within me, I have never felt such a strong urge to expand my knowledge and know more about the world so that I can approach it as my new friends do. I have a newly defined yearn to learn! A need to read! A demand to expand! And I have Bridge to Health to thank for this.