Leading up to my first global health experience in Tanzania I was convinced I’d be saving people with new bed nets to prevent malaria.
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NEWSLETTER  •  JANUARY 2018
Dr. William Cherniak, PGME’14 (Family Medicine)
UofTMed Alum: Global Health Wasn’t What I’d Expected
By: Dr. William Cherniak

Leading up to my first global health experience in Tanzania as a first-year medical student, I imagined seeing an exciting new place, learning a few things about tropical medicine and exploring the country on a safari. I was also convinced I’d be saving people with new bed nets to prevent malaria that I’d fundraised $500 for.

Once on the ground I was thoroughly shocked by the conditions I witnessed: a man in a public hospital undergoing surgery while wide awake with only local anesthetic; families sleeping under their children’s beds in a pediatric ward.

Suddenly my bed nets didn’t seem like the salvation I’d imagined — and I was particularly embarrassed when the local doctors asked if I wanted to have a photo of me handing them out.

Dr. William Cherniak, PGME’14 (Family Medicine) is the Executive Director and a Co-Founder of Bridge to Health Medical and Dental.

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From left: Dr. Anderson Ruffin Abbott, Oronhyatekha and Augusta Stowe (later Augusta Stowe-Gullen)
U of T’s Faculty of Medicine is celebrating our trailblazers, the graduates who helped open the doors for Black, Indigenous and Female medical students by being among the first to walk through them. A banner unveiled on the Medical Sciences Building displays the images of Drs. Anderson Ruffin Abbott, Oronhyatekha (who was baptized as Peter Martin) and Augusta Stowe (later Augusta Stowe-Gullen).
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