Jenny Brockington, D.O., Res. ‘14, moved across the world only months after completing her family medicine residency and receiving her diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine National School of Tropical Medicine. She has dedicated her career and life to serving the underserved of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, she spent two challenging years as one of only two physicians in a busy outpatient clinic among the fields and rural villages of Malawi.
In 2017, Dr. Brockington relocated to central Kenya to serve at Chogoria Mission Hospital as a family medicine specialist. She worked alongside Kenyan and American physicians in the high-volume mission hospital, at times supervising a team of learners caring for up to 90 patients in the inpatient medical unit. She mentored and taught Kenyan intern physicians and was clinical faculty for the Kabarak University School of Medicine & Health Sciences Family Medicine Residency training program, training family medicine residents from all over southeast Africa. Dr. Brockington also designed and implemented a reproducible outpatient family medicine clinic model in her efforts to improve the health infrastructure of the African medical system.
Since 2020, Dr. Brockington has been devoted to serving at Nkhoma Mission Hospital, a 100-year-old, 200-bed mission hospital located on the side of Nkhoma Mountain in central Malawi. In this busy rural facility, which caters to some of the poorest patients in the country, Dr. Brockington has found purpose and fulfillment. She is particularly passionate about helping establish an identity for family medicine in Malawi, achieved through her involvement in training family medicine residents from the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences Family Medicine Registrar Program, the first family medicine residency in Malawi.
In 2022, Dr. Brockington made a significant move with her family to Birmingham, Alabama, where she joined Cahaba Medical Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing sliding-scale medical services across western central Alabama. Embracing her role as a faculty physician in the family medicine residency, Dr. Brockington is based out of an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in West End, an underserved neighborhood in Birmingham. Her responsibilities encompass caring for patients in the clinic, serving as a resident advisor, preceptor and delivering lectures on topical medicine. While her passion for Africa remains unwavering, she has discovered a newfound sense of purpose and fulfillment in her work with the underserved patient population in urban Birmingham. Each year, Dr. Brockington seizes the opportunity to devote one month to international service, and she eagerly anticipates her upcoming assignment in Malawi. Once again, she will contribute to the training and mentorship of Malawian family medicine residents, further strengthening the field of family medicine in the region.