Less than 12 hours after arriving in Guyana, I introduced myself to the staff at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) by walking in and immediately breaking a rule. In attempting to find my soon-to-be coworkers, I stepped over a yellow line on the floor delineating an area requiring scrubs from the entryway where anything could be worn. Still in my street clothes, I learned how accommodating my hosts would be when they handed me a pair of scrubs, gently guided me back out and helped me find the locker room.

I had arrived in Guyana with arrangements made through the Resident International Anesthesia Scholarship. Last fall, just prior to my scheduled departure to Ethiopia, a crisis there necessitated cancellation of my planned trip to the CURE International hospital in Addis Ababa. As an alternative location, the ASA Committee on...

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