My last week in Tororo consisted of collecting data for my project, providing assistance to the medical team during clinic days, and saying good byes to the many friends I made at TASO Tororo.
On Tuesday, I analyzed the TB Laboratory and TB Treatment registries and gathered counts of those who were presumed to have TB and those who went on to receive treatment after bacterial confirmation.
On Wednesday, I took a leadership role by showing the other interns how to fill out patient antiretroviral therapy (ART) records and distribute ART medications to patients. Seeing countless “Target not detected” (undetectable) viral load test results served as a firm reminder why I am pursuing a career in public health research. The juncture at which medicine and public health meet is real and progress is being made!
On Thursday, I worked on my paper for a few hours during the day and reviewed its progress with Dr. Irene, my on-site mentor. That evening, she took me and two other colleagues out to eat pork for my going-away dinner (pictured below). It was a very nice gesture.
Until next time!