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Pre-departure Checklist

Posted by Rachel Ng, MD (a second year Internal Medicine resident from Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco serving a global health elective at John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia through the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program).


Back in December, I was asked to blog about my upcoming medical missions to West Africa. As a person of few words, this shall be an interesting experiment. However, perhaps you—any readers who maybe naive to global health/medical missions or have been thinking about it—but just needed an extra push—will be inspired to plan you first or next trip.

Preparing for this upcoming trip has been sometimes mentally and technically taxing. Compared to prior medical trips abroad, this is the first trip I have had to complete all pre-departure arrangements myself (i.e. medical clearance, orientation, visa, airfare, insurance, etc.). I suppose that’s why the trip is voluntary.

Luckily, the folks at Yale, Kaiser, and Stanford have been helpful to provide assistance along the way, directing me towards the best way to get all things done. With the pre-departure check list from the KP global health program (KP-GHP) administrators, I have steadily checked off half of the boxes on the list. Things left to be completed soon: visa, malpractice insurance, pick-up travel medications, pre-departure meeting with mentor, and register with the consulate.

With my next blog, I will write more about the KP-GHP and Yale/stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Program who are sponsoring this trip.

Lastly, I want to pass on a very helpful website: This is the cheapest and most helpful website I have yet come across for international airfares/travel needs (compared to expedia, travelocity, orbitz, and kayak).

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