UC-Family Med/USC Brigade (October 8th-20th, 2011)

This was a diverse brigade comprised of residents, attendings, an opthamologist, and nursing and medical students.  There were also ten translators from La Ceiba who were excellent at their job and added lots of fun and energy to the group.  Despite non-stop rain beginning the first workday, this brigade stayed optimistic and was able to accomplish many things.  They provided field clinics at six locations in Magdalena, Santa Lucia, and San Antonio as well as took turn at the Santa Lucia clinic, ran a health fair, gave hypertension clubs, performed several cleaning operations, and went on home visits.  A brave few went for a hike on Saturday and everyone participated in painting the dining and living space in the clinic.  While they had to leave a day early to avoid worsening road conditions, everyone at Shoulder to Shoulder truly appreciated their energy and enthusiasm through out their stay.
 

On the move

On the move

Brigadeers working their magic at a field clinic

Brigadeers working their magic at a field clinic

The group outside the Santa Lucia clinic

The group outside the Santa Lucia clinic

Brigade members consulting with patients

Brigade members consulting with patients

These are a few quotes from brigade members:
“Great team building, and a world-view changing experience”
“Everyone was warm and easy to approach”
“Everyone did a great job of helping to accommodate for changes in schedule.”