IHNC Staff Highlight: International Medical Graduates

A Conversation with IMG Physician Extender Gaylord Lihumba Kambali.

6/19/20243 min read

Today, we are excited to share the inspiring story of Gaylord Kambali, a physician extender from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gaylord's journey in healthcare has been filled with unique experiences and a deep desire to make a difference in his community. We are going to explore Gaylord's background, his work at Idaho Health Neighborhood Center, and his ambitious project to open a hospital in Africa. Let's dive in!

Getting to Know Gaylord

Gaylord, a physician extender at Idaho Health Neighborhood Center, has always been driven by a desire to help others. Growing up in a poor community in Africa, Gaylord witnessed the hardships and lack of access to proper healthcare. This sparked a passion in him to become a doctor and make a difference in the lives of his people.

After connecting with Cornerstone Whole Healthcare Organization, an organization focused on health equity, innovative healthcare solutions, and providing care in rural and underserved areas, Gaylord found the perfect platform to pursue his dreams and began work at IHNC in Nampa, Idaho. IHNC not only provided him with opportunities to improve his medical knowledge and skills but also offered guidance and support in navigating the healthcare system in the United States.

An Amazing Experience at Idaho Health Neighborhood Center

Gaylord's experience at IHNC has been nothing short of amazing. As a physician extender, he has had the opportunity to work closely with patients and gain valuable hands-on experience. This has been particularly beneficial for Gaylord as he prepares for his U.S. Summit exam and residency.

One aspect that stands out to Gaylord is the difference in medical practices between Africa and the United States. Through his work at IHNC, he has learned a great deal about the nuances of American medical care and has been able to share his own knowledge and experiences from his home country. This exchange of ideas and perspectives has been mutually beneficial and has enriched the entire IHNC team.

Building a Hospital for the Community

Gaylord's passion for serving his community extends beyond his work at IHNC. He has a vision of opening a hospital in Africa to address the pressing healthcare needs of his people. Despite facing financial constraints, Gaylord remains determined to make his dream a reality.

He envisions a hospital that not only provides medical care but also serves as an educational institution. Gaylord believes that by creating a school within the hospital, he can have a broader impact on the community. This approach aligns with his belief that education is the key to empowering individuals and improving healthcare outcomes.

Gaylord is actively seeking support for his project. He hopes to collaborate with individuals and organizations who share his values and understand the importance of sustainable and impactful healthcare initiatives. He acknowledges IHNC's role in providing guidance and support and is grateful for their continued assistance.

Gaylord Kambali's journey from a small community in Africa to becoming a physician extender at IHNC is an inspiring testament to his dedication and passion for healthcare. His goal of opening a hospital in Africa reflects his deep commitment to serving his community and making a lasting difference.

You can meet Gaylord at Idaho Health Neighborhood Center by scheduling your visit online, by phone at (208) 606-0396, or by walking in.

The Experiences of an International Medical Graduate

In this week's ON-SITE interview with Gaylord Lihumba Kambali, an International Medical Graduate (IMG) from the Democratic Republic of Congo, we have a conversation about how he became part of Cornerstone Whole Healthcare Organization (C-WHO), his experience in the Idaho Health Neighborhood Center, the process IMG's go through to begin practicing in the U.S., and an exciting project Gaylord is working on in Africa.