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The Irrawaddy River is a 9 -night journey from Mandalay, the Myanmar countryside centre to Yangon, the former capitol and home of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is dominating the town' s cityscape.
The Irrawaddy Valley has a 9 -night long heritage and varied civilization from Mandalay, the Myanmar countryside centre to Yangon, the former capitol and home of the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is dominating the town' s cityscape. An unbelievable trip takes you through areas of Myanmar that are not often frequented by the West, many of which can only be reached by canal.
Each harbour tells a tale from the more than 2200 elaborately sculpted shrines to the handcrafted potteries from the town of Yandabo, which have been swimming in the Irrawaddy for centuries. Combined with our elective pren and post-cruise renewal programmes, the Treasures of Golden Myanmar programme provides a marvellous deep view of a land that is now embarking on a transformational journey never seen before.
I' VE NEVER HAD SUCH A FRIENDLY SHIP AS THIS ONE. Number 25, ground floor, Via 38, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Medical University, Magway, Myanmar - Office for Global Health
Some of the rarely seen in Australia were widespread in Myanmar, including benign disease, TB, snakebite and dengue feb. Whilst all this was important, probably the most precious thing I took with me is working in a very low-resource city. A lot of people cannot buy essential medicines or medical treatment, and the clinic does not have the means to order the wealth of testing that we take for granted there.
An extra-dural haematom removal was observed in theaters of our clinic without a neurosurgical wards. I was astonished to see what the physicians can still accomplish in an environment with so little money. Burma is a wonderful land and we have had the good fortune to see much of it.
We' ve been confronted with linguistic obstacles, both inside and outside the city. There was a transporter who took us to and from the clinic, but when we returned from the clinic to the guesthouse, we could not go. Fortunately I was there with Ritu and Diana, who were a great team and we got along very well, but I wouldn't suggest anyone to do the same position alone.
For eight weeks I did an internship at the University of Medicine, Magway, Myanmar, together with two other Ph. There was a broad spectrum of experience, from round tables, HIV hospitals and maternity wards to country hospital tours, visiting hospitals, visiting healthcare facilities and giving medicines to local communities.
Also we attended classes in the clinic, which included long laps and patient demonstrations, and were submerged in the clinic, often at lunches with the physicians or an evenings long sessions of caraoke with some of the group. Myanmar was chosen for my optional subject because it is so different from Australia, and I have seen many illnesses that are very rare in Australia, such as rabies, Barbary and ecclampa.
They were very competent and content with the restricted outfit. Like a journey through the ages in the medical world. We had many young physicians in the clinic and we were looked after very well - which means that it was sometimes not very practical, but everyone was very interested in showing us interesting things that were going on.
International medicine is a first in Magway and we were very loved and known at the university and in the university. Our pharmacists and employees were very inviting and friendly and asked us again and again whether we are well, whether we have had dinner and whether we "have some peace - it is better".
You were very willing to instruct us, and the physicians often took a while to give us specialist presentations or visits (and helped us to organise an occasional week-end trip). We had a pretty big linguistic obstacle for the patient, but all the physicians were very good in English and the medicine student were glad to do the translation for us.
Everybody was very amazed when we said a few words in Myanmar! Burma is a developing nation and electoral internships are a relatively new approach, so there have been some problems in the organisation processes, such as late e-mails and short-term changes to visas. I' d suggest to be pro-active, but also to appreciate the speed of living in Myanmar - "Y ba de" (don't worry).
Lodging, transportation and some food were provided by the university, which was very useful, but there was little selection and so a loose posture was useful when an accidental meal of livers was prepared or a pet came at day. This internship is recommended for anyone looking for an experience different from Australia's medical science and anyone who wants to dive into the electives, cultures and rivers!
For post-graduate E and E studies, round trips, admissions and evaluation under supervised care. As far as my own studies and career are concerned, I have acquired some knowledge of Burma, especially in the field of obstetrics. Also I learnt to work in a very poorly equipped setting and saw an alternate way to treat the medicines we practise here and not always in a bad way.
Burma is basically a buddhistic land, similar to Thailand. I' ve been living in Asia for a long period of my life and found the cultural life very pleasant. But, if they haven't been spending much in Asia, they may find the cultural life quite traditional, especially in the way the genders interacted with each other.
After my internship I made good connections and will be returning to Myanmar after my graduation. The organisation of this internship was a problem. This internship was almost impossible because it was very hard to build up good communications with the Myanmar school. After the Chancellor of the college had taken over the management, however, the internship was quickly organised.
Candidates for this internship should request their visum in good beforehand, as it may take some patience until they receive a visum, but if they have a written from the Chancellor of the Medical University, a visum will be issued within 4week. Burma is a really nice place, I have made friends with some of the friendliest and most tolerant of all the peoples I have ever met.
Myanmar has only opened its gates to the outside worlds in recent years, making it a great place to be. As well as the fact that it changes quickly when you look at European cultures and the medias, the university is also very interested in building relations with other institutes and they are very welcoming.
While in Myanmar I learnt two important classes. Myanmar medical directors' hospital abilities have never been better and I will never again take an ultrasonic tube or hypertension sleeve for granted! in Myanmar, I will never again be able to take an ultrasonic tube or a hypertension sleeve for granted! No... There' s never a chicken talk with people on the unit and little in the way of understanding the people.
If one compares this with the provision of health services at home, it becomes clear that communications are the keys to good health services. A few facets of my internship in Myanmar were very demanding. As I see it, this is a side effect of taking an optional subject in a poorly resourced society and probably in similar states.
One of Myanmar's smaller towns, Magway is a quarter of an hour from the university. There is a bus service to and from the clinic every single working night, but outside the city it is very hard to get to the city itself. This made me feel very much insulated during the internship - a sense that was intensified by the low speed of the web.
Regarding hands-on advice: Request your scholarship early and make sure that it is longer than your internship and try to study the country, not only is it a good way to begin discussions, it is a good way to make up.