Medical School Field Trip
My guest blogger is Geoff Hays, he just completed his first year of medical school at Creighton University Medical School. His summer off: manning free clinics in Manila, Cambodia and Malaysia. Listen in….
“So far the patient count is up to 1500 and we have seen heart murmurs, a child with CP, and a woman with botched cosmetic surgery. Skin stuff is mostly fungal or impetigo, scabies, or chicken pox. We usually give out minocycline, amoxicillin, or Keflex for bacterial stuff, tylenol or mefanamic acid for pain, and hydrocortizone for the rashes. There have been some interesting developmental disorders like polydactaly, and growth stuff with one leg larger than the other. Having two doctors with us has been great and they rush around between the twelve of us answering questions. We usually flag them down when we get lost, give drugs, or find something unusual or strangely abnormal. The communities have been very poor and we usually have nursing students translating for us. The streets are dirty and covered with trash, the street is the bathroom, and people live in shacks on top of each other. The smell is pretty bad too. Everywhere we go people follow us trying to sell something.
We usually have to drive about 2 hours to get to the clinic sites, work for about 6 hours, and then head back to the hotel. We had to pay extra for hotel rooms with AC (money well spent). The clinics are usually empty rooms that used to be daycare centers without and sort of cooling so the heat can get pretty bad. Clinic is loud and people form crowds outside the front door. We set up at little tables with the translators and get to work, usually with 8 of us seeing patients, 2 in the pharmacy, and 2 runners. First clinic was Baseco, the Laguna, then Payatas.
We were told today that the people of Payatas are trash collectors that gather garbage from other towns to gain income. Tomorrow we are traveling to see garbage mountain (photos are not allowed, i guess it could bother the garbage) Apparently last year some of the garbage got loose in some sort of landside and crashed into houses in the community so we are going to try to avoid that.
After tomorrows clinic we will head to the Taal volcano! While there we will visit an island in a lake in a volcano on an island in a lake (or some such nonsense like that)
more to come tomorrow (or probably in a couple days, we don't know if the volcano is wired for internets…)”