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DRC to Dar: one physician’s journey to emergency medicine
  1. Mundenga Mutendi Muller
  1. Correspondence to Teri Reynolds, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, 94143 CA, USA; reynoldst{at}gmail.com

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Dr Mundenga Mutendi Muller is a young doctor from Kindu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), currently training in the Emergency Medcine Residency at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was interviewed in Dar es Salaam by Ellen Weber, Editor, and the interview was edited by Teri Reynolds, Associate Editor, EMJ.

I was born in 1977 in Kindu, a province in the DRC, near Goma and Bukavu province. I did my primary school and secondary school in Bukavu. After that I Dr Muller (M) went back in Kindu, my province, and I graduated medicine there in 2007. Then I went in the district to work for about two years. We were three doctors. One, the senior, was ill-- he was very good, older than us and experienced, and he could teach us, but he was ill. The other doctor was a generalist. I was a bit more skilled than him. So we were working there, practising.

EMJ: So you were the middle, There was someone more senior and someone more junior than you.

M: I was the middle. But the person who could help us, the senior, was ill, so he couldn't do some operations or round with us to see patients. So I was there to co-ordinate things. I was like a chief of staff, the chief of staff.

EMJ: This was a district hospital?

M: Yes, that was Kalima. Kalima is a big city—I can say a centre—and it was a big society in former times, many minerals there. And it's a big hospital, and in the past, many white doctors from different countries were working there. Later the situation was not good, and they went back home. So I was working there.

EMJ: What kind of patients did you see?

M: …

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