"Having made a few visits, its most striking to see the clinical skill garnered by the senior ECPs, many of whom were very new to their training on my first trip. Witnessing their clinical growth as been gratifying and inspiring. And seeing the ex-student teach as a relative expert after a few years has been very special."
His volunteer experience has affected his experience as a physician in the US by strengthening his clinical skills when he's exposed to pathology not commonly seen in the US. It has also offered him the opportunity to review emergency medicine principles when asked difficult questions from students. John Allen’s most memorable experience in Uganda was when he witnessed the coordination and quick thinking of ECP’s providing care after a multi-casualty traffic accident in 2012. The ECP’s stabilized several victims and arranged a helicopter evacuation. He truly believes that without quick thinking and care the victims received, the situation could have been more tragic and morbid. John Allen is proud to support an organization with “a strategic humanitarian mission driving its sustainable and scalable model.” He states that GEC is continuously seeking to improve its operations by encouraging feedback from all those involved in its mission. He has witnessed GEC being well received by local communities and ECP’s, ultimately encouraging others to join the program and mission.