Caring For One Patient, Serving an Entire Community

Written by Rafael Khalitov, M.D., Global Health Scholar from Russia

“Anxious to bring both the year and New Year’s Day into line with the West, Peter decreed that the next new year would begin on January 1 and that the coming year would be numbered 1700… But to blunt the argument of those who said that God could not have made the earth in the depth of winter, Peter invited them “to view the map of the globe and gave them to understand that Russia was not all the world and that what was winter with them was, at the same time, always summer in those places beyond the equator.”
 -Robert K. Massie, Peter the Great: His Life and World
As a graduate of Kazan State Medical University, I am proud that my Alma Mater was among the first Russian institutions to send graduates and residents to medical facilities in other countries. Global health is one of the most powerful tools with which professional horizons can be widened. It reminds us why we chose medicine in the first place.

A Week at Kazan Republic Hospital

Written by Khaled Al Tawil '19

This week I have rotated to work in the Gastrointestinal Department at Kazan Republic Hospital where I have seen many interesting GI cases, as this hospital serves all villages within a one-hundred kilometers of Kazan. The most common condition I have seen is hepatitis. Conditions range from Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis, Alcoholic hepatitis, PBS, to viral induced hepatitis. I have learned quite a good amount already. Dr. Diana hands us one article to read each day about a different disease. I was assigned to research how the West manages Helicobacter pylori and Clostridium difficile infections. I compared how the West prefers a triple therapy before initiating a Bismuth regiment, and treats H. Pylori based on case-to-case bases.

Reconsidering Place and Purpose

Written by Tatiana Afanaseva, J1 Scholar from Russia Danbury, CT, USA I never expected the chance to visit the United States. I was so excited when I received the invitation that I began setting goals for the trip that very day: to become familiar with the health care system and medical education in the United States, to improve my clinical skills and English proficiency, and to adjust to a culturally different environment. I can proudly say that I achieved all these goals, and gained even more than I had expected.

Improbable Tales of Human Destinies: A Russian Doctor’s Experiences Abroad

Written by Rafael Khalitov, MD. Russia I was raised as a bilingual speaker in a region of Russia that maintains peaceful relations between cultures. I remember how my father would regale me with fascinating stories about different places in the world. This piqued my interest in learning about the vast world outside of my hometown.

A Russian Doctor in Spain

Written by Albert Trondin, MD, current resident (PGY1) in Neurosurgery at Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Madrid, Spain I finished PGY2 in neurosurgery at Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russia a year and a half ago. I am now a resident in one of the oldest hospitals in Spain. The first year here consists of rotations in different related neuro-specialties. Currently I am in the radiology department studying brain and spine imaging. One attribute of medical education in Spain is that all residents are actively involved in formation of the treatment process. My working days (and nights on duty) are strikingly different from those I had in Russia, and I am gaining both knowledge and self confidence.

Update from the Field: Learning Russian

By: Pierre Galea '17 “Поиск ‘Шурале’ найти легенду татарскую.” I try my best to communicate my apologies via my facial expression, and reply: “ya ne ponimayu.” – “I don’t understand. The language barrier is probably the most challenging obstacle of being on our global health elective in Kazan, Russia. Barely anyone we encounter on the streets knows English. Bryce and I order food by pointing at something, and saying “pozhaluista” (pronounced “pa-ZHAL-sta,”) meaning “please.” Food we can manage, but I can’t imagine how we’d obtain a registration (required for legally staying here), deal with banking issues, or even activate a cell phone. It’s quite hard to communicate if you don’t speak the language.

Update from the Field: Republic Hospital in Kazan

Written by Bryce Bludevich '17 He can’t be more than 30 years old, and yet he has been working as a doctor for close to 10 years. His name is Mikhail Protopopov and he is one of my many mentors here in Kazan, Russia. When I first met him in passing he seemed stressed, like any young doctor, but he was so welcoming and almost as excited to meet us as Pierre Galea and I were to be shadowing him.