Matthew Megill ’00 is a missionary physician at a Christian hospital in Niger. His work focuses on HIV prevention and treatment. The hospital employs 30 to 40 full time staffers and cares for about 300 outpatient and 100 inpatients daily.
Megill was a Classics major and involved in various Christian groups in his time at Dartmouth. He spent an off-term volunteering at a hospital in Jordan and taught middle school students at an English-speaking school in Cairo, Egypt following graduation. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 2005.
Position: HIV Program Director at Galmi hospital
Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:
I am a missionary physician serving at a Christian hospital in Niger. As HIV Program Director, I head HIV services, which covers screening, treatment, and outreach.
What is most satisfying about your current work?
I love to see our patients get better on ARVs (anti-retroviral medications). In 2012, we screened over 22,000 patients for HIV and follow about 600 on ARVs.
What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?
Medical school is pretty linear. Missions preparation involves quite a bit of concurrent screening and preparation as well.
What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?
Read widely and have a strong intellectual appetite.
How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?
Dartmouth was a wonderful stepping stone.