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Update from Magic Mike Pitt – Project Mwanza

Dr. Mike Pitt, a magician and a pediatrician, was the guest on a December 2009 episode of the EMSEduCast podcast. He discussed how he uses magic to put pediatric patients and their parents at ease during assessment and care. His tips and ideas were fantastic. He also told us about his month-long trip to Tanzania and his ongoing efforts to support a Tanzanian Childrens’ Hospital with supply donations and physician training.

Recently Mike sent me an email update about his project:

  • The financial support he received from family, friends, blog readers, and podcast listeners allowed him to send a large shipment of supplies with the next group of residents going to Tanzania
  • He is coordinating with his hospital to bring three Tanzanian pediatric residents to come to his hospital for the entire month of May
  • A book of his pictures and emails he wrote during his trip have been published into a book. 100% of the profit from book sales will go towards bringing Tanzanian residents to US hospitals for training. Preview and purchase Mike’s book 28 Days in Africa: evolution of a man.

Book description from Dr. Mike Pitt “In the Fall of 2009, as a twenty-eight year old pediatric resident from Chicago, I traveled to a small town in Tanzania on the eastern coast of Africa armed with a stethoscope and a Blackberry. My first night I sent an email to my wife and parents that I typed with my thumbs under a mosquito net in my pitch black bedroom. They forwarded this email to some more family and friends and soon each day’s letter was being sent to hundreds of people all over the world. What follows are those original un-edited emails, as well as pictures I took while traveling. Those twenty-eight days changed my life, and I hope that by rejoining me in real-time for the journey, it will change yours too.”

Read about Mike’s appearance and listen to him on the EMSEduCast podcast.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.