Annie Yu shadows doctors in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with Projects Abroad

Annie Yu is a General Biology major (’13). She came across the Global Health minor winter quarter of 2011, when it had first became available. After taking Professor Jenkin’s Global Health and Cultural Diversity, she became very interested in this minor. Annie spent 2 months in Mongolia with Projects Abroad. She joined the medicine program and shadowed doctors at the Epidemiology Hospital of Ulaanbaatar.

Here’s Annie sharing her experience:

"I mainly shadowed Dr. Bachka at the clinical section of the Epidemiology Hospital. From 9am to 4pm, I would follow her to examine patients. The diseases I saw ranged from chicken pox to hepatitis. About once a week, I would shadow other doctors in the hospital for a day and experience other departments in the hospital, including children hepatitis, statistics, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. One time, I went out of the capital with doctor and nurses to visit families living in the traditional Mongolian tents, “gers,” out in the grasslands. For two days, I studied at the bacteriology department and learned how to use patients’ samples to culture bacteria.
Biggest problem was language problem. Although the doctors I shadowed could speak English, they were not fluent in it and at times it was har