Mongolia is home to nearly 3 million people and has one of the lowest populations densities in the world. Sadly, almost one in three Mongolians lives in poverty. As our team has been preparing for the trip, we discussed the teaching hospital Wolfson Children’s Hospital partners with in Ulaanbaatar (the capital), and our various opportunities to serve clinically and teach. The resources and knowledge we can share will have a great impact on the system, and the opportunities to come along side and work with the local physicians in advancing their health care are endless. I am excited to be a part of the team this year and looking forward to many more trips to come.
Volunteering and doing missions work is what cemented my path into medicine, and has been a foundational part of my career. Missions’ work is what helped me decide on the specialty of pediatric emergency medicine. There is no pediatric emergency medicine post-graduate training for the physicians in Mongolia, which has personally made me all the more excited to teach and spend time at the hospital. As our relationship grows with the hospital, I am hoping a pediatric emergency medicine program may be birthed there someday. This way, medical doctors interested in emergency care will be able to continue their missions work into the most rural parts of the country.
-Dr. Samuel Stephenson