Sheryl Uyeda is a General Surgeon who has come to us through Samaritan's Purse and the PostResidency Program (the very program that first got me to Kudjip). She is now our 4th post resident. Sheryl and I had the chance to go to Sangapi for a week. She learned about the PNG culture and language while I saw patients. It was great to spend time with her that week out of the hospital and just to get to know her better. She has a heart for the PNG people already and is anxious to start learning more and more about doing surgery in PNG.
She started call this week and I quickly got her some surgical experience when I called her with a ruptured ectopic, which went great. We were hoping she would get here back in the fall, but due to paperwork delays in entering the country, she just got here in February. We are certainly thankful she is here, and I am thankful she can overlap some with Jim before he heads back for Home Assignment. Just as medicine here is different than in the US, so is surgery, but there isn't anyone better to learn surgery from than someone who has served and been operating in PNG for over 30 years now.
You can learn more about her adventures and experiences on her blog.