Benjamin Pallant.

Angkor Hospital for Children - Cambodia

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“I got a glimpse of how much work must go on behind the scenes in order for a hospital to function and I learned far more clinical medicine than I ever expected given the primarily research-based tasks of my internship.”

The major task of my internship involved data entry and management for an ongoing clinical study of the early symptoms of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne illness present throughout many of the world’s tropical regions. This task was at the center of one of the most prolonged and frustrating challenges that I faced during my internship. I was the first person to actually use the study database on-site in Cambodia, meaning that, for much of the early part of my internship, I had to work through problems in the database design. This process was greatly hindered by the fact that the directors and database creators for this international study are located in Germany, meaning that communication and progress could be frustratingly slow. This, in itself, was something of a learning experience in that it revealed a few of the many challenges inherent in conducting large scale and international research. While it is natural to consider the goals and outcomes of research of all sorts, it can be easy to overlook the work that needs to happen in the middle.

Project Details

  • Date December 2, 2014
  • Tags 2014, Asia, Healthcare, Sophomore, Strong/Gault
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