Dr. Maskalyk trained as an emergency room doctor in a downtown hospital.
Dr. James Maskalyk went to a contested border town in Sudan, called Abyei, with Doctors Without Borders. He treated malnourished patients and fended off a measles epidemic with limited resources. His six-month stint affected him more than he expected.
Dr. Maskalyk started Six Months In Sudan as a blog, and has now turned his writing into a book. In an early post, quoted in the book, he wrote, "The place I am going is called Abyei. You can check it out on Google Maps. It looks like a smudge in the sand. It sits in an area claimed by both sides but owned by neither. Tensions, I have been told, are high."