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Class Notes May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

Picure of Health
Diana Wolfe, ’93

Diana Wolfe visits a patient in a village along the Amazon River in Peru.

In just eleven years since her graduation, Diana Wolfe has educated women on health issues in Mali, delivered a baby in a boat on the Amazon River in Peru and completed medical school in Israel.

Wolfe chose to study at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences Medical School for International Health because it specialized in medicine for developing countries. The school not only covers traditional medical education but also prepares students to work with translators, learn about other cultures and adapt to them in their practice. Part of the requirements for finishing the program is a two-month clerkship in a developing nation.

Which is how Wolfe ended up in Peru, in a water-locked river city called Iquitos. She had a clerkship at a hospital in the pediatrics and internal medicine departments and was able to work directly with patients at a clinic in the slum neighborhood of Belen. She also traveled to various villages along the river conducting a survey on women’s health issues.

Her most memorable experiences was delivering a baby on a floating clinic. The boat, sponsored by missionaries, was bringing medical assistance to the more remote river towns. “We delivered her healthy baby boy right in the bottom of the boat,” says Wolfe, who is currently applying to residency programs in obstetrics/gynecology.
— R.H.

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