About Veronica

Veronica Ades is an obstetrician-gynecologist on her first MSF mission in Aweil, South Sudan.

Veronica is originally from New York City. She graduated from Wellesley College, and received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. She did her residency training in obstetrics and ynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York.

She is currently a fellow in Reproductive Infectious Disease at the University of California, San Francisco. Veronica previously worked for one year at a rural district hospital in Uganda while doing research on malaria in pregnancy. She kept a blog while there called Wanderlust. The blog is available here.

She has not yet mastered the art of the pit latrine.

In Aweil, over the past four years of working in the hospital, MSF has assisted in reducing the maternal death rate to 0.6%. With a rate of 14 percent in southern Sudan, the impact of the program and the importance of having women deliver in the hospital has been made abundantly clear.

15 Responses to About Veronica

  1. Emma says:

    Hi Veronica. I’ve hungrily read every last letter of your blog and am hanging out to hear more from you. I have been incredibly moved and fascinated by yours and your patients stories. Your partners artwork is amazing too. I hope you are well and can find the time to give the gift of another beautifully retold experience. Thankyou. E.w.

  2. Chavi K says:

    Sent here from the underwear drawer, obsessively reading, and realized: I work where you trained. Small world! The blog was wonderful; I am assuming you’re back safe, and perhaps I will even get to meet you one day.

  3. Hi Luba –
    MSF’s commitments for ob/gyns, anesthesiologists and surgeons are usually shorter than for everyone else, because we are on call 24/7. If you are in a surgical specialty, you can go for 1-2 months (I did 1 month). Non-surgical commitments are usually 6-12 months. I encourage you to get in touch with MSF and apply if you are interested; they can give you a better idea of your commitment requirement.

  4. Luba says:

    How long is your MSF commitment for? I’ve wanted to do something like this but, at this point in my career, can’t take a long period of time off. I have been spending a month a year in India, working in a mission hospital where I’ve helped organize a labour unit and written protocols for antenatalm, intrapartum and postpartum care. Luckily, we have the capacity to transfer our poor patients to a world-class facility just down the road.

  5. Aicha says:

    Its amazing, suddenly after reading your posts tomorrows exam doesnt seem like the most difficult thing in the world.

    Your blogs inspire and help remind us to count our blessings. We need more female role models like you.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ahmed ali says:

    i like your blog Veronica, it is amazing, as a medical student i benefit alot from you, keep the good work,

  7. Hi–I just tweeted your last post from the Times’ Motherlode blog, and I’d love to be in touch and hear more about your work, to share with readers. Email me?

  8. Hey Veronica!
    I noticed in your bio, you haven’t yet mastered the pit latrine! I completely know what you mean! :D
    I worked with Engineers Without Borders last summer and despite the four months of practice, I am not a master either.
    My good friend Michael is working in Malawi for a year (7 weeks in) and posted a pretty heartwarming tale of buying his first drop hole cover, and I thought I’d share it with you in case you want a good laugh. Here: http://meanwhileinmalawi.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/drop-hole-cover-week-4/
    You are such a blessing to the world, and a true inspiration.

  9. fapturbo says:

    I’m still learning from you, while I’m making my way to the top as well. I certainly love reading all that is posted on your website.Keep the tips coming. I loved it!

  10. Lisa solberg says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and also tragic stories. You are doing such a wonderful job. You are an inspiration! If only there were more people in this world like you.

  11. Gemma says:

    Please keep the stories coming.

    Thank you

  12. JB says:

    Thanks for your blog. A great reminder that the bad days I have at work are all just first world problems. Please keep the stories coming.

  13. Katherine A says:

    Thanks for sharing, Veronica. I’ll be applying to medical school soon and after just finishing the MCATs and looking at how far I have left to go before I’ll be practicing, it’s good to have someone remind you of why you decided to go down this road in the first place. I’m looking forward to being able to help those who need it most.

    Thanks and be safe,

  14. Christine Arcala says:

    Hi! I admire your courage. Im an obgyn on training right now, here in Philippines…its one of my greatest hope and desire to serve in mission fields particularly africa.

  15. Cameron Page says:

    Have a great time! I always dig your blogs, I’ll definitely be following your progress…