Heritage College students join Botswana health sojourn

Aug 9, 2016

Four medical students from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine were among a contingent of students and faculty from Ohio University who traveled to Botswana this summer, to provide health education and work with care providers in that African nation.

Sarah BoldtMargaret WattKelsey Lee  and  Lindsey Matthews, all from the Heritage College Class of 2019, went on the trip. Boldt and Matthews attend the Heritage College, Athens, while Watt and Lee attend the Heritage College, Dublin. The four medical students, along with seven nursing students from the College of Health Sciences and Professions, got a chance to see clinical cases that are rare in the United States and to experience some of the challenges faced by Botswanan health care providers.

They also learned something about the cultural differences that affect how care is delivered in different countries, according to Global Health Initiative Director Gillian Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of social medicine and associate professor of biomedical sciences, who also went on the Botswana trip. 

Boldt called it "very eye-opening" to watch health care professionals handle heavy patient loads with small staffs and scarce resources. She said she expects that when she becomes a practicing physician, the memory of this experience will help her find "that little extra motivation" to keep caring for patients through fatigue and long hours of work.

To read more about the trip, click  here.