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Dr. Rebecca Luckett, COE in Global and Humanitarian Health Travel Grant Recipient

Luckette in Haiti


Rebecca Luckett, MD, an Obstetrics and Gynecology resident, who graduated in June 2015 received one of twenty annual travel grants offered by the Partners Center of Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health.

Dr. Luckett spent a month on a clinical rotation in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Ouakam, Senegal and a week in Haiti.

“The experience was truly amazing,” said Dr. Luckett. In Senegal, “I was welcomed by the entire hospital staff, including physicians, nurses and support staff. I worked directly with five Senegalese [medical] residents. The residents come from all over Africa, including Mali, Chad, Morocco, Mauritania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We shared our varied clinical, educational and life experiences which made for a truly enriching experience. Sitting in on clinical sessions created space for exchanging ideas about treatment plans, comparing how treatment is different in Senegal and the U.S., based on available resources.

“I had the opportunity to operate with very experienced surgeons, both gynecologic and general, who taught me efficient techniques that resulted in surgeries being performed in half the time and with half the instruments that I had trained with.

“Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the experience was sharing in my co-residents’ hopes and dreams for training.  Many had come from rural areas with few specialized physicians and were planning to return to build practices to serve their local communities.  Their commitment to improving women’s health and lives was truly inspirational.”

Dr. Luckett also traveled to Haiti for a week-long surgical mission trip. Her mentor, Joan Bengtson, MD, a Brigham and Women’s physician, has been a long-standing member of the team which, Dr. Luckett said “was composed of general surgeons and surgical oncologists. The collaborating hospital has developed a preparatory infrastructure that allows the surgeons to come in and be maximally effective, getting people in a community where otherwise there are no available surgeons, the care that they need.”

Dr. Bengtson noted that “the opportunities provided by the travel grants for residents like Rebecca to participate in the global delivery of health care is invaluable. The experience contributes immensely to the range of pathologies encountered by the residents, as well as to the development of their clinical judgment and a deepened sense of human understanding.” In addition, she stated that such trips benefit the larger community when, like Rebecca, residents share their experiences with others upon return to the U.S.” which becomes “inspired to be more compassionate in” their endeavors.”

Dr. Luckett is now on the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and is based primarily in Botswana. Her work, she says “focuses on provision of clinical care, medical education and quality improvement in maternal health services.”

To learn more about the Centers of Expertise or to apply for travel grants, visit their website.

This page was updated on 12/7/15.