A Portland, Oregon, native, Stephanie Van Dyke never had intentions of going to medical school, let alone pursuing any academics after college. But after graduating with a degree in psychology and realizing this was not her calling, she left to travel the world and try to find herself through various volunteer projects. Upon returning to the United States, she realized she could not turn her back on the largest and most disparate health inadequacies she had ever seen. And so, for the first time, she pondered medicine, and realized that an MD was one of the most powerful tools she could possess to return to these third world villages to work together with locals to raise the standard of living. After recently graduating from medical school in New York, Stephanie is now a family practice resident physician at OHSU's rural residency program in Klamath Falls. Not willing to wait until graduation to pursue her dreams, during medical school, Stephanie and several classmates built a rural healthcare clinic in Uganda. The Engeye health clinic was founded as a non-profit organization and hires locals to run the clinic during her absence. Since its inception, a laboratory and staff quarters were constructed, an incinerator installed and annual medical teams from US hospitals were established, as well as a Union College volunteer program. A team of Ugandan medical professionals continue to run the clinic in Uganda, collaborating with Stephanie and other board members on a daily basis. [+]
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