A Visit to Dhulikhel HospitalDhulikhel, Nepal
Faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Bailey had the great fortune of traveling to Nepal with Stanford residents in pathology and dermatology. They spent time at Dhulikhel Hospital to support the physicians and patients there. The remote care facility is located 30 km from Kathmandu with a nonprofit mission to serve the 1.6 million residents in the area, regardless of ability to pay. Their goal in working with the Dhulikhel Hospital department of dermatology was to help build capacity for addressing the most challenging of cases and expand access to high quality care in an under-resourced area. With Stanford doctors sharing their expertise, they hope to develop the kind of professional networks that make the world smaller, advancing care standards globally. With additional funding, they hope to visit again soon to establish an immunofluorescence lab. A lab of this sort will enable testing of difficult autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases. The specialized equipment enables processing of cell biopsies to diagnose what can’t be seen by the naked eye. They also aim to provide telepathology support for case virtual consultation here at Stanford. This exchange will not only help to serve patients in Nepal, but will also greatly enhance the educational experience of dermatology and pathology residents at Stanford.
Stanford Resident, Stephen Lewellis at Dhulikhel Hospital.