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Shanghai Shadowing

Volunteering in China

Howe Qiu wearing a doctor's coat in China
Howe Qiu wearing a lab coat

Over winter break, Howe Qiu (Biology, 2015) went to China to visit family. While he was there, he also shadowed doctors in Chinese hospitals, learning about medicine, different health care systems, and death. Howe spent most of his time visiting patients that had no visitors in Xu Hui Central Hospital.

“Some of them had chronic illnesses,” he said. “They’ve been there over a year so there are less family member visits.”

Howe also took a six hour train to Wuhan for a one week adventure. He shadowed and lived with a gastro-intestinal surgeon. While his trip to China mostly involved visiting family and volunteering, Howe also dealt with unfamiliar situations.

“I learned lots of things from books, but also lots of things from the experience there. I visited a lot of people near death and had to talk with people I was uncomfortable with.”

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