2018 DTMH Bloggers
Relevant experience: VSO/RCPCH fellowship scheme 2010 (Malawi)
Grand plan: Mix of NHS work & Tropical Paediatrics.
I’m a haematology trainee with an interest in malignant haematology, remote medicine and socioeconomic effects on health and well-being.
Name: Heather Marten
Background:I am a pediatrician from the USA who works in Zambia. I went to medical school knowing I would work overseas. It took nine years before I was able to go full time, but I have now been there three years. When in the States, I work at a wonderful clinic in Michigan that supports medical missions. I am sent to Zambia through the Assemblies of God World Missions. Presently I do a mix of HIV care, women's health, general rural clinic and the equivalent of public health (Community Health Evangelism) along with doing e/phone medicine for our missionaries on the continent. I love what I do and can't imagine doing anything else!
2017 DTMH Bloggers
Name: Panagiota Kakridas (please call me Pan!)
Nationality: Melbourne, Australia.
Background and future: I’m an ED trainee with an interest in trauma and paediatric emergency medicine, and I’ve worked in city/rural, as well as adult and paediatric hospitals. I’m taking a year away from work to do a variety of things starting with this diploma, then moving to New York for six months, before finishing out my year travelling through Europe.
Name: Andrew Charlton
Background and future: I have just finished the ACCS training programme and been working as an Emergency Medicine Registrar in West Yorkshire. I have previously travelled and worked abroad on short term charity projects and as an expedition medic. I am doing the DTMH as a step towards working for a humanitarian organisation, like MSF, but also as part of a general interest in global health, a passion for medicine as an coherent international community of healthcare professionals, and to explore what direction these things could take my career in the future.
Name: Jamie Perry
Background: I grew up in Wales but did medical school and GP training in Nottingham, which I completed in August 2016. I had worked in two innercity Nottingham GP practices before coming to Liverpool.
Future plans: I enjoyed my elective in Bolivia, and I'm exploring the idea of future work overseas, potentially in Hispanic-America again.
Name: Clare Morgan
After graduating from Aberdeen University and doing my academic foundation training in Northern Ireland I have taken this year specifically out so I could attend the Diploma. I hope this will be the foundation of a career that encompasses time spent working abroad with humanitarian agencies as well as research in a tropical field.
Name: Kate Hargreaves
Background: I was born and brought up in Essex but moved to Yorkshire 10 years ago and now call it home. I studied at Sheffield Medical School and then worked in Leeds for my Foundation Years. I finished my Foundation Years in August 2015 and looking for something completely different I set off on a 17,000km bike adventure from Leeds to the Ivory Coast.
Future plans: I have applied for Emergency Medicine training, and hopefully with the DTMH and a few more years of clinical training under my belt I will be able to work for MSF or the Red Cross in resource poor areas.
2016 DTMH Bloggers
Name: Justine Fargher
Nationality: South African
Background: I graduated from Wits Medical School in 2012. I completed two years of Internship (similar to the FY years in the UK) in Cape Town and a year of Community Service at Paarl Hospital, just outside Cape Town.
Future plans: After the course I hope to do some backpacking around Europe and possibly South East Asia. In September this year I will be starting a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health at UCL (University College London). The end-goal is to return to South Africa where I can put into practice all that I hope to learn.
Name: Beth Moos
Background: From Cheltenham originally, I trained at the University of Nottingham and spent my Foundation Years in the Trent Deanery. An interest in tropical medicine occurred early, even before I attended medical school, during work experience in Mumbai, India and an eye-opening experience during an elective in Kathmandu, Nepal. Having finished my FY2 in August, I spent three months volunteering as a medic with Raleigh International in Sabah, Borneo.
Name: Jagdeep Singh
Background: Born and raised in the Midlands, I completed my foundation training in Birmingham where I worked with a respiratory consultant specialising in TB and in public health with the Health Protection Agency. I went on to do my General Practice training in the neighbouring Black Country and after qualifying last year I worked in both areas which put me at the heart of two inner city communities with regular clinical contact with asylum seekers, migrants and settled minority groups.
Future: I hope to volunteer in a community or primary care placement within a resource-poor setting.