Mercer On Mission

2016 Blog

This blog is made and updated by Mercer undergrads. Throughout our time in Honduras, students from the various disciplines will write about their experiences serving. 

Prep Week of Class

Classes began for the majority of the students on our team on Monday, May 16. The medical students will join us on Thursday May 19, and we will wrap up our pre-trip classes on Friday, May 20. Monday through Wednesday we jumped in to the academic coursework for the program. Thursday we will be trained in clinical skills such as taking someone's blood pressure and using a stethoscope. Friday we finish up, take a group picture, and pack the remaining supplies. We leave bright and early Saturday morning for our adventure in Honduras.

We have learned about various topics this week including the demographics of our country, the language, the burden of disease we will see, cultural awareness, and how to recognize more than just physical symptoms. In the mornings, the whole team stays together and learns about broader issues that we will witness and handle in our country. In the afternoons, we split up into smaller groups to learn more about our specific roles. The interpreters work on their medical Spanish with the Spanish faculty member, and the nursing students and undergrad students learn about public health involvement in a community. The pharmacy students and MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy) students also split into their own groups to learn about their roles. After classes are over, we try to stay and help the pharmacy students sort and inventory as many supplies as possible to make the packing process on Friday go faster. Although we all encompass different disciplines, we will use these various skills to work together as a hopefully very effective and compassionate healthcare team. 

-Mackenzie (Undergrad)

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1. G. Bina | May 23, 2016 at 09:25 AM EDT

Thinking of you all as you begin your clinics. Thanks for the post. Stay in touch daily with MOM Cambodia team. This will be fun sharing stories half a world away.

Remember to stay hydrated and use that bug spray :) God Bless You!


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