Most patients do not have health insurance and must save money for months, and even years, to be able to afford their care. CMC also has multiple local urban and rural outreach sites with limited capabilities. These outreach sites cater to local villagers who often cannot travel to the main hospital for care and have to rely on local resources and incoming providers for their care.
The University of Kansas Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery built upon this existing relationship by creating a four-week resident research block to foster a collaborative research endeavor with the CMC Department of Otolaryngology. For the four-week experience, I traveled to Vellore with the goal of conducting hearing evaluations using mobile technology while seeking to validate the methodology for the CMC population.
As a current resident in training, my global health experience was a reminder of the true humanitarian focus of our field and our capacity to create change —Sreeya Yalamanchali, MD