Centro universitario per la cooperazione internazionale - Università degli studi di Parma, Parma, Italy
Jefferson Sibley, MD
I am a Liberian, born May 28, 1962, the fourth of seven children. I grew up and acquired most of my education, (secondary and college) in Liberia. My father was a nurse and as was the order of the time, parents had to decide the future of the child. So he selected me to be the doctor among his children. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc.) in Biology and also a Doctor of Medicine (MD), and I am presently a candidate for a Master Program in International Health and Medicine at the University of Parma, Italy.
Though my father made the decision without my input, but I thank God that he did, because I am so happy being a doctor. This is a profession that I love and enjoy so much being a part of. Back home, I work both as a clinician and an administrator for one of the most busy hospitals in Liberia, the Phebe Hospital. The hospital is one of the very few referral facilities outside of the capital, and serves a population of over 350,000 underprivileged rural inhabitants with just a few doctors, including myself, who work almost 24 hours around the clock. Not a surgeon by formal training, but for almost ten years of work experience, I have learned and do perform most of the basic emergency and elective surgery (Obstetrics and General Surgery) for the hospital.
Edited by Aldo Campana,