Mercy Babatope, MD
Mercy Babatope, MD
Internal Medicine · Pittsburgh, PA

Providing medical care in Georgetown, Guyana

January 29th
Georgetown, Guyana

Project Description

Georgetown Public Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana is the largest and the main teaching hospital in Guyana. This hospital has medical students and residents who provide medical care to patients throughout the country, as this is a tertiary center and the national referring hospital. During our one-month rotation at this hospital, we will be providing pro bono medical care mainly in an inpatient setting. Due to the hospital being the flagship hospital for the country, we will be able to provide healthcare for people from various regions of Guyana.

Population Served

Our institution is fortunate to have cultivated a great relationship with Georgetown Public Hospital. There have been many infrastructures in place to help facilitate this partnership. One of which is the ability of the faculties at GPH to engage in the faculty development series at Allegheny Health Network. We are also in the developing stages of creating a non-profit together to combat infant-child mortality. There is a true desire for collaboration between the two institutions that we hope will continue to grow and bring better access to healthcare for the population of Guyana.

Expected Impact

One of the biggest challenges in medical trips is the lack of care after the medical team departs. The served population is again without medical care. Due to our close working relationship with medical students and residents, we will be providing consistent medical education through physical examination, lectures, and discussions of newer guidelines for medical therapies and how to implement them. This will allow for continued optimum medical care after the conclusion of the medical trip.

Trip Photos & Recap

This trip to Guyana was a blessing to me as it allowed me to give back in a new and exciting way. My favorite memory was my daily afternoon lectures with the medical students. Their eagerness to learn new topics and review guidelines pushed me to become a better student of medicine. The institution now has one Pocus machine. We were able to teach medical students and general medical officers how to use them. This will allow preliminary studies to assess for heart failure, DVT, pulmonary edema as formal testings take couple of days. My goal during this mission trip is to impart knowledge to the medical community that will continue care once I return home. I was able to accomplish this. Thank you, Doximity for bringing this dream to life!