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Posted By Dr. Neil Shocket on November 16, 2012
Dr. Neil Shocket is an emergency physician at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles. Lori Justice-Shocket will be completing medical school this year. The Shockets are in Accra, Ghana for a month-long volunteer mission as part of the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative.
We are just about coming to the end of our volunteer experience with Project Hope through the University of Michigan Ghana Collaborative. It has been a wonderful experience and Lori and I are both grateful for the opportunity. The last two weeks have gone very well. We have all become familiar with one another, and the residents have become comfortable with my being there.
I completed my second lecture. I decided to have an open forum (with Dr. Oduro present) to discuss some of the daily challenges we face in the department involving logistics and patient care. It started off fairly quietly, but quickly became quite interactive. It was great to hear the residents express their ideas. I impressed upon all the residents that they should take an active role in administrative issues involved in running an emergency department, since each of them will most likely be the leaders in their specialties during their careers.
On a side note, Lori and I have renewed our wedding vows in the tradition of every country where we have worked. We were hoping that we could do the same in Ghana. And thanks to Dr. Oduro and much of the ED staff, we managed to arrange a wonderful traditional wedding ceremony. It was an exceptional honor to take part in the Ghanaian culture in this way. I have attached pictures for you to see. By the way, this was our 14th wedding!