Honduras, Global Medical Brigades
"As a part of Drexel University's Global Medical Brigades chapter, I had the opportunity to lead 30 students on a brigade to Los Guasímos, a small village in Honduras. During the course of a week, students were able to set up a medical clinic in a school community and provide care for individuals with the help of accompanying doctors and community health workers.
"On clinic days, students spent their time in pharmacy, triage, OB/GYN, dental, and children's education stations, delegating important roles to effectively tend to all patients who visited the clinic. I particularly enjoyed spending time with the adults and children in the triage station, as students applied their knowledge in collecting vitals and speaking Spanish while also gaining valuable insight into the lives of the community residents, their challenges, and the common health issues they face. Along with these activities, brigade members were able to shadow the medical professionals that kindly accompanied them on the trip. As a result, students had the unique opportunity of observing these professionals while they consulted with patients, examined their conditions, and prescribed them with medications.
"After being fortunate enough to participate in two brigades during my undergraduate career, I found this experience to be even more eye-opening and humbling than the first. Having been brought up in a starkly different environment, I found it thrilling to be able to share resources with an extremely deserving group of people and invest energy into a project that is very important to me. Moreover, I developed wonderful relationships with my fellow brigadiers and Global Brigades staff, while also having memorable discussions with the welcoming and resilient individuals of the Los Guasímos community. I only hope to continue initiating similar trips in the future to remind me of the importance of embracing diversity and human connection both at home and abroad."
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