Despite the fact that dying is a universal part of human experience, we have yet to understand how to care for the dying in a way that empowers patients and preserves quality of life towards the very end. Fueled by my personal experiences with end-of-life care and my eye-opening but limited experiences abroad, I am inspired to pursue a Watson year during which I will explore how different cultures amidst various religious contexts approach death, dying, and end-of-life care. I will learn from experienced doctors, professors, nurses, and non-profit organizations with unique ventures into end-of-life care in Ecuador, the Netherlands, India, Jordan, and Vietnam in order to broaden and deepen my own understanding of what it means to die a good death.
Check back here for updates and changes to my flexible itinerary! If you are nearby at any point or know anyone in the area, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
August-October: Quito, Ecuador at Hospice San Camilo
- November: Bangalore (Karunashraya), Kerala (Institute of Palliative Medicine)
- December: Manipal (Kasturba Hospital), Pune (Cipla Palliative Care Centre), Mumbai (Tata Memorial Hospital)
- January: Jaipur (Bhagwan Mahaveer Hospital), Pushkar, Rishikesh
- February: Varanasi, Bokaro (Kosish Hospice), Kolkata, Guwahati (IAPCON 2020)
Unfortunately, due to the novel coronavirus, I decided to return home in mid-March. I am currently based in Pennsylvania, and I am not sure what the rest of my Watson year will hold. I am sad to have cut my journey short, but I am so grateful for the time I had abroad.