Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Ali Hussain

Ali Hussain ’11, a Davis International Fellow and senior majoring in biochemistry, spent eight weeks interning at the Department of Community Medicine at King George Medical College in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, last summer.

Watching and learning: “During my internship I was assigned to observe techniques in rural medicine, pediatric medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology. I visited a rural health training center, a primary health center, several rural clinics, a pediatric intensive care unit, and many other facilities.”

A preview: “I aim to go to medical school in the United States after completing my undergraduate education. Once I complete my medical education I would like to work in developing countries such as India. This opportunity to travel to one of the largest hospitals and medical schools in northern India provided me with a glimpse of the medical practice in a developing country.”

Big lesson: “The most remarkable thing that I learned was that you can do a lot with very little as a physician and a human being. India is an overpopulated country, so medical resources are severely limited and the patient population, especially in the rural areas, is extremely poor. This internship was a very humbling experience. Everybody works hard to get where they want to go and makes the most out of what they have.”

Classroom connection: “The microbiology knowledge I have obtained from my courses here at Wheaton was useful in understanding prevalent infectious bacteria in India, as well as the implications on public health. My liberal arts education has enabled me to broaden my horizons and encouraged me to travel across the world in search of what I want to make of my life.”

Photos by Amie Rosenblum