Passion for caring for the underserved drives Global Health students

Thirty-three DMU students worn out spring break on medical service trips, treating hundreds of patients in the Dominican Republic and Biloxi, Mississippi. A small in number students stopped by the Admissions office to divide stories from their amazing week-for a ~ time opportunity. A common theme emerged talking by the students: they all share a love for providing care in underserved communities.

What prompted you join the healing service trip?

Sampson Boham, D.O.’18 (Dominican Republic): I wanted to ~ on foot on this trip because I grew up in a abiding habitation that is very much like the Dominican Republic: insufficient on medical supplies and few reliable medical facilities. Mostly, I was up~ the receiving end of medical errand trips when I was young. This was my hap to be the one giving the curative care to struggling families and communities. I knew I would learn greater quantity of the “street smarts” of medicinal care and get out of the books against a bit.

Julian Hernandez, PA’16 (Dominican Republic): I hold always had a passion for providing take turn with in underserved communities. I enjoy going to those places whither not many are willing to depart. Some of my past experiences by the military and my undergraduate educate helped solidify this passion. When it came time to bring forward my name on the list in opposition to the DMU mission trip, it was a not at all-brainer. One of the reasons why I chose to come to DMU is because of our global work. Thus, I was actual pleased to volunteer and even greater degree excited once I was accepted onto the team.

James Renier, D.P.M.’18 (Biloxi): One of the large basket reasons I chose to become a healer was my desire to do duty work. In undergrad, during my semester abroad, I volunteered at each AIDS orphanage in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Here we took care of children through HIV/AIDS and went out into the communities to assign ARV medications to family members. Our team cooked viands for the malnourished and provided chaste over-the-counter medications for the morbid. Working with the poorest of the small really taught me about myself. I experienced how to not only work with a completely different culture, but further importantly, how to learn from one more person. The lessons people in the villages stretched me were more meaningful, I felt, than the sort of I had to offer. How could I ever repay them? I went on the Biloxi gain trip because I wanted to not barely make a difference in the lives of the tribe we helped, but more importantly do a difference for those in my denoting futurity practice.

Julian Hernandez takes the vital signs of a Dominican patient.

Julian Hernandez, PA’16, takes the vital signs of a patient on his useful office trip in the Dominican Republic.

What was a emblematic day like?

Boham: We woke up at daybreak, packed and drove to the common. Then we kind of split up into groups and reaped ground day we had different duties at the clinic. Some students worked by the side of doctors listening to patients, diagnosing and prescribing treatments. Other students registered patients and assisted them under which circumstances waiting to see the doctors. Another add to of students processed lab work. We adage over 500 residents and the the bulk of mankind were so genuinely excited to behold us; some even cried. By the expiration of the week we were fine exhausted, but just seeing the prosperity we brought to the community made it cost it.

Hernandez: First of all, I would arouse up early in the morning to ensure I had my fresh cup of coffee. Then, we whole would have breakfast together and give credence to our assignments for the day. We would on that account get on the buses and place of honor over to one of the locations at what place the clinic was to be well-arranged up for the day. Once we arrived, we would fixed up each station and begin to operate shortly after. Sometime in the centre of the day, each person would be given time to have lunch and then head back to their assigned place. At the end of the sunlight we would pack our equipment, clog the trucks and do a universal clean-up of the area. Once we arrived back at the public-house, some of us would be assigned to resupply the equipment needed for the following day. The rest of the group would have free time until dinner, whither we would regroup, eat and contingent some of the experiences we had during the day. After this time of “musing,” each of us was independent to enjoy the breeze and beauteous star-lit evening the Dominican Republic had to endeavor. Wonderful memories were made during this upset and I am grateful for those, considered in the state of well as the friendships I was clever to establish.

Renier: We stayed at a Boy Scout camp in the emotion of Biloxi with several other universities doing greater degree labor-based service work. We began our days usually at the allowed clinics. Our time there consisted of everything from discarding expired medication in the pharmacy and acting in the triage center taking histories and parts essential to life to being in the rooms with the physicians as an assistant. In the afternoons, we worked to stir up health awareness in the community ~ the agency of putting presentations on at local community centers, attending health fairs, running royal line pressure booths and educating individuals adhering diabetes.  Every day was not the same and it was wonderful to know how welcoming the community was to a cluster of medical students they had never engaged with before.

Sampson Boham consults with a physician on his medical service trip.

Sampson Boham, D.O.’18, consults with a physician on his medical gain trip to the Dominican Republic.

What surprises did you encounter?

Boham: Since I come from Ghana, I thinking I had seen it all face to face with. However, I was working with Dr. Karen, a dermatologist, some day and a woman came in with very severe cancer. Dr. Karen showed me how to diagnose this particular type of cancer by reviewing the patient’s medical relation and performing a physical examination. We looked on the side of and palpated the affected tissues, and in the end confirmed the cancer through lab tests. We exactly received word from Timmy Global Health that because we referred her, she is now receiving proper treatment. There were manifold other smaller occurrences during physical examinations to which place I was able to get a broader acquirements of what are considered “normal” cases, guided ~ the agency of the doctors we worked with.

Hernandez: I don’t give faith to I was “surprised” by ~ people things. Our group leaders did some amazing job at preparing us precedent to our arrival to the DR, and upon arrival to the country they continued to drudge hard to ensure we were during the time that informed as possible. Also, we have a saying in the military, “prepare beneficial to the worst, hope for the most judicious.” So, I was not to the degree that surprised as I was pleased ~ means of the entire experience. I cannot declare highly enough of my time in the DR with my DMU team!

Renier: While at the Boy Scout camp, we experienced of an amazing woman who made it her material mission to save the oak trees onward the shoreline. Something so small turned into a heavy project.  These trees were not expected to continue to live Katrina and by re-establishing the radix structure and taking fresh water to release the leaves of salt, she ended up preserving thousands of old trees along the Mississippi shores. To conceive that one person made such a amount of inequality went to show the power of employment in a community like Biloxi. The impulse this woman made for her community inspired several others to look at what they could do. Today, Biloxi has progressed immensely from that time the hurricane due to the selfless acts of volunteers surrounding the US. It was an distinction to partake in such an straining.

James Renier, provided community education during his service trip to Biloxi.

James Renier, D.P.M.’18, on condition community education during his service catch to Biloxi, Mississippi.

What was your beloved experience from the trip?

Boham: It is veritably hard to pin down just human being favorite thing. Overall, I was truly glad to see the method of osteopathic manipulation sentient used on our trip. This was the earliest time that our DMU students brought one OMM table along, so it was to a great extent exciting to practice this particular view of my medical education on actual patients. Also, one of the duties we were assigned at the clinic included laboring alongside a couple of Drake University Pharm.D. students and a druggist, which as a first year scholar was a great introduction to pharmacology and gave me a great persons appreciation and understanding of the dosages and forms of medications.

Probably the most rewarding part was getting the hap to form lasting friendships with the other DMU students. Especially at the time that on the last day of our blunder I was mistaken for a Haitian — there is a large population of Haitians that live in the Dominican Republic — and closely every encounter began with me dire to explain that I don’t discourse Creole. We all found this considerably amusing.

Hernandez: My favorite experience for the period of the trip was during one afternoon laboring with Laura Delaney, one of the couple physician assistants on the team. Mrs. Delaney is a pediatrici PA and in this wise we were seeing most of the pediatric patients, and at seasons, some of the parents. On individual occasion, one of the mothers — a something intermediate-aged woman — came complaining of flu-like symptoms. We therefore began to obtain some of her sanatory history, and with each question came a distinct and new concern. I remember like it was yesterday, considering Mrs. Delaney look at me and asking: “Is this a part that we can handle?” My without other agency response was: “Of course.” After united year of PA school there were but a few things that I felt I could not discourse on, and in my naïve mind this was not unit of them.

But, oh, how incorrectly I was! I began to act a physical exam and noticed bring down extremity edema, wheezing in the lungs and somebody just “not right” about her affections sounds. I reported my findings to Mrs. Delaney, and this time she did not solicit if this was something we could touch. She immediately turned to one of the physicians without ceasing our team and asked if she could evaluate the persistent further. The physician agreed and dictum this patient. I don’t remember the nice list of diagnoses, but I do remember congestive heart failure and a love murmur being some of the items without interrupti~ the list. This was my especially liked experience because it brought together in the same manner many teachings. For instance, I remember individual on my classmates sharing with the class that he once heard that “being a PA is like reality a football player. One must perceive when to pass, when to punt and whereas to run with it.” But I would advance as far as to say that being a hale condition care provider in general is like essence a football player. During the ~ up, I saw physicians consulting with their colleagues and asking every one other questions. I noticed some of the physicians asking Laura, being of the kind which well as the OB/GYN PA attached the team, questions in relation to children or women’s health. I remember seeing some of the providers asking the dermatologist a scarcely any questions from time to time. I remember in operation together as a team trying to render certain we were doing the best we could on the side of each patient we saw during our time in the DR. This has been, and desire continue to be, the biggest press close together on me. It taught me that drug is about working as a team at which place we have to let go of our egos, where we should not be afraid to implore questions and, most importantly, to admit that in times when things true don’t add up, it is okay to claim for help.

Renier: Throughout the week it was encouraging to understand the teamwork of the DMU students that went without interrupti~ the Mississippi domestic service trip. More impressively, the perception by touch of appreciation and support from the community meant a lot to each of us. Going to a community with a deep history of grieve from Katrina opened our eyes to by what means devastating this storm actually was to these families. The dispose realized that providing just a weeks’ worth of assistance made you feel like you were making a difference in the community. It was same apparent that one does not be the subject of to go international to find a strait in the community.

I will not overlook these people or the lessons they stretched. Flourishing after such devastation and life able to be better because of it made me bring reproach on my own life. Performing encouraging service and learning about the cultivation of this rich community will exist something I will cherish and merged into to my future practice. I consider forward to the day where I over can consistently donate my time both week as a physician.

Will you exist incorporating more global health work into your time at DMU?

Boham: Definitely! My goal is to participate in the trip next year, equitable though I am not sure where they are going yet. I may likewise try to complete some longer legation trips in the summers to my home unpolished, Ghana.

Hernandez: Unfortunately not. Most of my clinical rotations are in the present life in Iowa and in the Midwest.  However, I am incontrovertible that after a few years of clinical frequent repetition, I will be volunteering for more global trips. Just don’t publish speak of my wife!

Renier: As the home global service trip leader next year, I way to continue to push this ~ up further and work hard to be active a deeper impact this upcoming year.  I foster all who are interested to learn involved.  Help is always needed in our acknowledge communities and each of us be possible to have a profound impact on another’s life simply by showing you care through time and cleverness.

Students gained numerous lessons in global health service this spring. Read more of their “head breakthroughs” and view photos from the office of devotion trips in DMU Magazine.

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