The country is a mix of natural beauty and extreme poverty. The patients we cared for were very appreciative of the medical care they received.
Here are some glimpses of our experience:
Patients come to be seen and have their surgery on the very day that they are first seen (literally, "same day" surgery). They wait for hours on empty stomachs for remedies to ailments that they have lived with for months to years.
Although many aspects of care have been modernized, some of the equipment is outdated and in disrepair. In addition, the working up of patients and the layout are much different than in the U.S. There is much less privacy than we are used to in our medical facilities.
Harrison enjoyed working with other students (Kate, David, Allison, and Kristina).