Dear Dr Woo and the Medical Staff Association at BC Women’s Hospital,
I was one of the fortunate students who got to travel to Uganda with the UBC Midwifery Global Program this past summer and receive one of BC Women’s MSA’s bursaries for this amazing educational and life experience. I’m sorry for my delay in sending this thank you to yourself and your team; since returning back to practice here in BC, I am reminded each day how lucky we are to practice here and also, how much I have brought back home from Uganda- clinical and emergency management skills, communication and interprofessional skills and just compassion and life skills. I am thankful for the MSA for supporting students from UBC’s Midwifery program on this endeavor and my hope is that you will continue to do so in the future- it is a life-changing experience and in so many ways I believe it has made me a better care provider.  
It is because of people and organizations such as yourself that students like me can participate in these experiences and hopefully work towards creating a more locally and globally healthy community. I cannot express into words how much the bursary meant to me, so I am attaching some pictures. The pictures are shared with permission, please feel free to share them with your association and give them my deepest thank you!
Thank you so much!
Jasmine Gill
BSN, BMW Candidate 2019

Dear Dr. Woo and the lovely folks on the Medical Staff Association,

I am writing to extend my deepest gratitude for the generous bursary that was bestowed to me.

The experience to travel to Uganda for my 3rd year Global clinical practicum has had a profound impact on me. Providing maternity care in this low resource setting has broadened my understanding of the power that providing respectful care in labour and birth can have in contributing to positive outcomes for the health and wellness of birthing people and their babies.

Having the opportunity to work alongside and learn from myhighly skilled and experienced Canadian

Preceptors and Ugandan Midwives in this high volume settinghas allowed me to expand my clinical competence and given me confidence in my knowledge and abilities to provide a high standard of care regardless of setting as I am hoping to work in an under-served community in rural BC in my practice.

Some of my most memorable moments in my Ugandan placement were supporting birthers bringing their first babies into this world. Having the chance to provide continuous support and reassurance as well as comprehensive breastfeeding support and see the happiness and sense of accomplishment in faces of the birthers that I cared for was incredible.

I am so thankful for the support and consideration of the Medical Services Association to help me realize my dream of doing midwifery in the global context. Going forward I hope to be a candidate to join the UBC team as a junior preceptor for the Global program to continue the good work and legacy of positive relationships that UBC has developed with our Ugandan counterparts over the years.

In gratitude,

Sommer Urquhart

Candidate for B.Sc. Midwifery Class of 2019

Dear Dr Woo and BCWH Medical Staff Association,

Now that I am back in Canada and continuing my midwifery studies, I often find myself reflecting on the trip to Uganda for my Inter-professional placement last summer. It was an excellent experience, which gave me increased skills and confidence in so many aspects of clinical care. For instance, my ability to site IV canulla has improved immensely, along with suturing, neonatal resuscitation, managing labours, and rapidly assessing women in early labour. With the help and supervision of my preceptor, I learned so much about making do with minimal birth supplies, and with managing emergent conditions. At times my experience there was a real eye opener, and there were difficult outcomes to digest, but overall I came away with a sense of satisfaction with the difference, all be it small, that I made while I was there.
Without a doubt, the generous bursary I received from your association was instrumental in making this trip possible. I would like to thank you and show my great appreciation for your kind assistance, and to let you know what a big difference your bursary made for me. I will always remember this wonderful opportunity and the lessons I learned in my midwifery placement in Uganda.


Catherine McGeorge

Dear Dr Woo and the Medical Staff Association,

I am writing to thank you for your very generous contribution to UBC Midwifery’s Global Placement. It is no exaggeration to say that travelling to Uganda was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had, and your contribution helped make it possible.

In Uganda we spent many days working on the labor and delivery wards, but we also taught a health class at a girl’s secondary school, put on workshops for hospital staff, attended physician rounds, antenatal clinic and hospital administration meetings. I had the opportunity to work in two very different hospitals, the first in a small town called Hoima and the second in a larger city, Masaka. During the two weeks spent in Hoima I attended twelve births and assisted with several more labours. Although the birth numbers in Hoima were lower than Masaka, the days were filled with managing complex cases. We attended some uncomplicated births, but more often we saw women who had come to the hospital with serious complications. Overall Hoima was excellent training in managing emergencies and stabilizing mothers and babies. Working in Masaka Regional Referral Hospital was fast paced and exciting – during my time in Masaka I attended 40 births!

Overall the experience working in Uganda was extremely rewarding and often challenging. One thing I hope to take away from this experience (although there are many) is Ugandan midwives’ ability to remain calm and move deliberately in an environment that can feel frantic. I hope to bring the clinical skills I learned in Uganda to my clients in Canada, and I am also inspired to return to International midwifery work and use my skills abroad.

Thank You,

Gillian Paterson


Hello Dr. Woo and the Medical Staff Association,

Thank you very much for your generous contribution to the Midwifery Global Placement! This bursary made a significant difference to furthering my education in global maternity care by enabling me to participate in this placement.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to work in two Ugandan hospitals as I now have a better understanding of maternity care in low resourced environments. This experience has increased my knowledge of the barriers to attaining the World Health Organization and International Confederation of Midwives initiatives. My passion for working abroad has been reinforced and I now feel that I have a much clearer understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Thank you for your support,

Chloe Perra

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