Mike is a doctor from the UK, who is about to start his first assignment for Doctors Without Borders / MSF. He’ll be working in our projects in Jordan, where the patients are largely people who have fled the war in Syria. In Jordan, Mike will be drawing on his extensive training experience to help develop the skills of the local staff, but today he blogs about going back to the classroom himself, as he joins the MSF pre-departure training…
Obstetrician / Gynaecologist
"I was in a deep sleep until I felt a shaking sensation. Earthquake? No, I’m on a plane. Turbulence? Must be turbulence. No wait, I felt a hand on my shoulder. That’s when I heard “Doctor, you’re needed upstairs. Come please.”I adjust quickly to my new state of wakefulness and am escorted up the grand staircase that leads to the first and business class sections. Lying on the landing just beyond the first class suites is an elderly man, unconscious."
"I'm writing from Brussels Airport. A little tired after long flight, anxious to get home. And, I have to admit, a little nervous about how to react when I get home, how the acclimatisation process will be. Everyone I talked to says the same thing: the hardest thing about being on an assignment with MSF is going home..."