A Medical Student’s Volunteering Experience During the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

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https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1165

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War, Covid-19, Medical Student, Experience

Abstract

War is always a damaging situation for parts involved; no matter which one wins at the end, every side has something to lose, such as soldiers, money, and the nation's safety. I was in my home country (Azerbaijan), attending online classes and having my routine study day. The date was the 27th of September 2020, when we heard that war started between Armenia on the western side of my country. I applied to several authorities; in the end, I was able to go to Salyan Central Hospital in Salyan (150km distance from the war zone) as a volunteer to help the personnel for medical care to wounded soldiers. I saw different types of injured soldiers; they mostly came with extremity wounds, trunk wounds, and concussions due to explosions. I was impacted by the soldiers who had concussions. I tell the story of my experience as a volunteer serving in a war zone.

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Published

2021-12-16 — Updated on 2022-01-06

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How to Cite

Ibrahimli, A. (2022). A Medical Student’s Volunteering Experience During the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. International Journal of Medical Students, 9(4), 312–313. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2021.1165 (Original work published December 16, 2021)

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Experience