Day 13: Dakar, Senegal 2019

Dr Matthew Smith operating by cellphone light during a power outage in Dakar, Senegal. 2019.
Photo Credit: Kurt McCammon, MD

My first trip with IVU was to Dakar, Senegal. It opened my eyes to the marvel of traveling. The culture of Senegal was both the strangest and most familiar thing I’ve ever experienced. We spent the week performing complex urethroplasties. During one of the surgeries, the power went out in the hospital. Immediately everyone in the operating room grabbed their phone, and we continued the operation by cellphone light.

Matthew Smith, MD
IVU Resident Scholar 2019