Putting the Clinical Back in Research

Putting the Clinical Back in Research

Choosing to come back to Kisumu, Kenya for my resident research project was an easy decision. I had worked in Kisumu over multiple years in medical school through the University of California, San Francisco – Family AIDS Care and Education Services, and had always known I wanted to return to continue to build on those relationships I had formed over the prior years. My research project, “Clinical Knowledge of Essential Maternal and Child Health Services in Kenya” involved interviewing health providers in Kisumu, Homa Bay, and Migori counties in western Kenya about their commodities, training, and knowledge around four maternal and child health topics – pre-eclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, post-abortion care, and neonatal resuscitation. As I was awaiting my elective block, I looked forward to transitioning back into a research role after primarily focusing on my clinical work for the past two years during residency. Once I arrived, I realized that untangling my research and clinical roles was not as easy as...
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