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Editor’s note: Penn State Hershey clinical participants (senior medical students, residents, nurse practitioner students and faculty) are currently in rural Ghana to support and provide training for Ghanaian clinicians at the Eastern Regional Hospital. The team is sending periodic updates while there. Today, Jeffrey Reed, a nurse practitioner student, tells about a variety of experiences.
Day 4 in Ghana continued with great learning experiences. Two of us have been welcomed into the home of Emmanuel and Lily Boateng. We have enjoyed learning the Ghanaian Culture and look forward to this Friday afternoon when they will be treating the entire Penn State team to a traditional meal of Fufu and peanut butter soup.
Day two in the Regional Hospital of Koforidua was full of many exciting experiences. Kate and Corinne are currently rotating in obstetrics and gynecology. Today Kate was the first assist for a C-section delivery, and both will be returning to the hospital this evening for more deliveries. Elizabeth and Reena have been very busy as the Outpatient Pediatric Department sees nearly 400 children per day.
Angela and I have been assigned to the Casualty Ward (emergency department) where we are working with Dr. Francis. We are seeing many disease processes that are rarely found in the United States, and learning the treatment plans has been exciting. We have treated multiple patients with tuberculosis, HIV, pneumonia, malaria, CVA, TIA and many more illnesses. Today Angela performed her first thoracentesis under the direction of Dr. Malone and Dr. Francis.
We are looking forward to many more experiences throughout the next four weeks.
- Jeffrey Reed
This spring brought the first collaborative spring break service trip for University Park undergraduates and Penn State Hershey medical students and physicians. From March 2 to 9, the team of two physicians, eight medical students, and thirty-two undergraduates served in the Darien province of Panama—an area reputed in the States as a jungle ridden with malaria and yellow fever.
During the week-long trip, the team provided medical services under the auspices of the Global Brigades organization. These services were much needed by the Darien population of 50,000. According to a local physician, Darien has only five medical specialists and three ambulances to cover an area the size of Connecticut. In contrast, Connecticut has more than 17,000 physicians and 60,000 registered nurses.
After months of preparation and twenty-one hours of travel, the team arrived at 5:30 a.m. at their compound in Santa Fe, where they would serve locals in El Tirao, Panama. Despite a mere four hours of sleep, the team persevered through “frigid showers, putrid porti-potties, and unpredictable electricity,” medical student Dan Brill said, to sort medical supplies provided by generous contributions of donors and team participants.
Over the next three days, the team used these supplies to operate a clinic out of a local elementary school. Using the Global Brigades model, they established five stations to provide care to more than 300 Panaminians: Triage, Consultation, Dental, Laboratory, and Pharmacy stations allocated space for checking vital signs, conducting patient interviews and exams, providing oral care, performing diagnostic tests, and dispensing drugs, respectively. (more…)