Sunday, July 22, 2007
My work here in Kenya involves very little clinical work. I suppose "Public Health" is the best way to clasify it. Maybe "Program Development" is a good subcategory, or "Monitoring and Evaluation,' perhaps? I don't exactly know. Unfortunately medical education in the United States short-changes public health, in my opinion, so I'm kind-of trying to figure out this job as I go.
My job responsibilities include lab supervision. How do you supervise a lab? Hummmmm...... nonetheless, I've capitalized on my ignorance by asking the lab techs to teach me about what they do. How fun! Catherine (pic above) is my lab mentor. She has taught me how to do gram stains, and AFB stains for TB, and blood smears, and malaria smears, and CD4 counts, etc etc. Perhaps I should have gone into hematology, or even pathology! I managed to snap the weird looking pic above through the microscope. It shows a sliver of my healthy-looking red blood cells. No neutrophils are visible, but let me assure you that they all have lovely segmented nuclei.