Plant a Tree, Plant Your Roots

Written by Reverend Professor Samuel and Christine Luboga, creators of the first global health homestay model in Uganda

Collaboration in home activities promotes bonding among family members. This idea is reflected in the Swahili saying, Suku mbili mugeni. Suku ya tatu mupa jembe. “For two days a guest is regarded as a visitor and is waited upon, however on the third day he is given a hoe to participate in the work (digging) the family does for a living.” Essentially, this means that s/he has become a member of the family.


Changing Course: Part II

Written by Dr. Patrick Zimmerman, surgery resident at Danbury Hospital

One of the challenges during my time in the Dominican Republic was realizing that their surgeons are great - really great - and that I likely wouldn’t be contributing much in the way of innovation, knowledge, procedural expertise, or even perspective. The fact is that their surgical residents outclassed me in essentially every way. They were phenomenally smart and talented surgeons with technical skills surpassing the training level of their American counterparts.

Dance of the Mentor-Mentee

Written by Mitra Sadigh, Writer/Editor at the UVMLCOM/WCHN Global Health Program, and Dr. Majid Sadigh, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at WCHN and Director of Global Health at UVMLCOM

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way.
Instead, let life live through you.
And do not worry that your world is turning upside down.
How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”

A supervisor is one who is in charge of overseeing and directing a project or people. The role of supervisor helps ensure smooth, proper conduction of workplace-related tasks. There is an understanding between supervisor and supervisee that the the one will somehow advise the other in workplace-related inquiries, but the relationship between supervisor and supervisee is not conventionally personal in nature. With so much to be learned in the realm of global health, and so much at stake- principally the physical and mental well-being of students, patients, and partner institutions- supervision may fall short in fully addressing student needs.