Mercer On Mission

"Experience is not what happens to a person...Experience is what a person DOES with what happens to him/her"

First Day of Clinic

Today was our first day in the clinic, and it was a long, but fun day. We loaded everything onto the buses at 7:15 this morning and started our almost two hour ride to the clinic. When we arrived at the clinic there was a line of about 200 people waiting for us. We were told that the line  started forming around 5 am, in anticipation of our arrival. We unloaded the buses and got everything set up and by about 10 we were ready to see our first patients. The process for getting a patient from sign in to seeing a medical student and finally to the pharmacy took some time to get used to. The patients would sign in with our triage team where they would have their blood pressure and pulse taken, and the patient would describe three chief complaints to be addressed when they were seen. The patients then were brought in to see the students for a quick history and physical. After a diagnosis was made, the patients were sent to pharmacy with a prescription for any medications they were going to receive from the pharmacy students. While the patients waited for their medications, there was a brief education session by the nursing students addressing common health issues such as diabetes and hypertension. When the patient had received their medications, they were done at the clinic and were ready to leave. After we had seen over 200 patients for the day, we were ready to pack the bus up and head back to the hotel. After our two hour bus ride, we got to the hotel and had a dinner of fried fish and had a team debrief. We are now going to sort more pills so that we can do it again tomorrow. As the trip progresses, we will be switching up roles so that undergraduates are performing the history and physicals with some input from others and pharmacy students will be doing education etc... We will all have a chance to provide care in ways other than what we are in school for, which may be uncomfortable at times, but will help us grow as providers. 


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