Each year since I started my career as a teaching physician on the faculty of Saint Louis University in 1990, I have had the opportunity to see residents launch their post-residency careers. This August I was able to continue this tradition. There are significant differences between seeing a resident start the next phase of their career in the States and starting a post-residency career in Congo. In the States, graduating residents join established, well-staffed institutions or go on for further training.
This year, Dr. Mutala has agreed to staff the Baptist hospital in Kikongo. For the past year, this hospital has been staffed by a series of interim doctors, filling in since the past medical director moved back to the capital. At times, the hospital has only been staffed by nurses as they awaited the next interim doctor.