Dr. Lemmon's Story

My experience in Addis Ababa was incredible, both from a medical and a cultural perspective. I had the opportunity to interact with the residents both inside the hospital and out. While at Black Lion Hospital my two favorite activities both revolved around teaching. The first was the day-to-day teaching (and learning) at the viewbox, and the second was my daily rounds in the emergency room. Films in the ER were interpreted at the bedside by the emergency room physicians, so it was wonderful to provide my specialty-specific input on the cases, especially as I was able to correlate with the direct patient history and physical exam. This was well-received by the ER staff and helped to foster a culture of collaboration and interdisciplinary medicine. On the weekends I was able to enjoy the beautiful country and culture, and visited places such as Lalibela, Gondor, and Entoto Mountain. The times I had in Ethiopia I truly treasure, and the memories are some I will never forget.