Posts in Category: 2012

2012: Usha Periyanayagam MD, Pursat, Cambodia

With the support of the Spirit of 2010 award, I went to Pursat, Cambodia in collaboration with Stanford University and URC. My role was an educational one, I was responsible for beside teaching with the local doctors as well as creating lectures on basic scientific topics for future learning. The project was focused on education in order to create sustainable change to the current medical system. The most beneficial part was teaching the staff how to use a defibrillator. The defibrillator had been donated from Australia a few years back, however, no one was trained how to use it. Many people were scared if they touched the defibrillator, they would shock themselves; therefore, they didn't want to learn. After practice and demonstration however, they became much more comfortable with the machine.

In addition to my clinical duties, I had a little free time to take a long weekend to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat. In addition, I had an extended layover in Seoul, South Korea where I visited my cousins.