One aspect I especially appreciate about global health is having the chance to learn about different health care systems. It is fascinating to compare one country’s health care infrastructure to ours in the U.S, learning about unique strengths and identifying opportunities for growth. I had the privilege of visiting several hospitals in the various cities I traveled to. In Ulaanbaatar, I visited Urguu Maternity Hospital and National Center of Maternal and Child health. I also had the opportunity of seeing rural clinics and public health departments in the remote southern province of Dalanzadgad, and the northern province of Hovsgol. I learned about how Mongolia’s culture, geography, and political history play a role in the unique health challenges the country faces.
Divya Patel is a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Her project, “Prevalence of Group B Streptococcus in Pregnant Women in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,” is supported by the Anderson Family Global Health Immersion Fellowship.