Global Emergency Care Collaborative would like to extend a warm and hearty welcome to our new Uganda Program Director – Caleb Dresser. Caleb has already been hard at work at Nyakibale for over a month now and we are lucky to have him. We are very excited about the skills and expertise that Caleb brings to GECC and we look forward to another great year with the ECP program.
Caleb just completed his third year of medical school at the University of Massachusetts, and is excited about having the opportunity to spend a year working with GECC before he returns to the United States in May 2015 to finish medical school.
After growing up on his family’s tree farm in central Massachusetts, Caleb attended Cornell University, where he majored in Biology and Society and studied sustainable rice farming at an International Rice Research Institute field site in India. Some of his experiences there formed the nucleus of his interest in global health and medicine; since then, he has coordinated clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital, taught research skills to students at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland, and worked with rural health nurses in northern Madagascar.
Together, Caleb’s experiences have led him to a strong belief in the importance of coupling efforts in global medical education with commensurate investment in well-designed institutions – an interest that has drawn him to GECC’s unique operation in Nyakibale.
You can expect to hear more from him about his transition into the role of Program Director in subsequent posts. Welcome to the GECC team Caleb!