“I feel grateful that I was able to help so many people, and through the work, I learned a different healthcare system and a different culture.”
Destination: Panama City, Panama
The Global Medical Training group learned the necessary medical skills to conduct physical exams (measuring blood pressure and auscultation of the lungs and heart, for example) in clinics that they set up in an area of Panama with very limited access to healthcare. Students worked in small groups with the aid of a translator and doctor to help diagnose and treat patients. Participants also helped with the logistical operations of the clinics and were able to see about 100 patients during each clinic day. Additionally, each student accompanied a doctor on a “home-visit” in order to care for patients who were unable to travel to the clinic.
- “Experience gives you a tangible memory to attach to your learning. We certainly achieved that with GMT in Panamá.”
- “I feel grateful that I was able to help so many people, and through the work, I learned a different healthcare system and a different culture.”
- “I know now from experience the necessity for health care providers in Latin American countries. I am now heavily considering taking time, when I have medical training (or by using by nursing training), to go to a Latin American country as a long term volunteer.”