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Medical mission to Haiti: An eventful day at the clinic!

Photo: Phat Tran

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

It was quite an eventful day at our clinic today!

We came a little later than yesterday due to a quick stop at the local pharmacy to pick up two medications. When we arrived, we had around 100 patients lined up at the door waiting for us!

We did the best we could to try and get as many patients in as possible but, sadly, we still had to turn away 50 patients and ask them to return tomorrow.

Here are the official statistics for the third day of clinic: We saw 112 patients, did one blood sugar test, administered two vaccines, treated three wounds, administered three prescription immunizations, discovered two positive cases of malaria, and filled 355 prescriptions!

Tomorrow is the last day of our clinic. Wish us all the best in having enough energy to help as many patients as we can!

Members of our REACHH healthcare team include: Ben, Cheryl, Stacy, Vanessa, Brenda, Camille, Kim, Phat, Kelly, Emily, Aaron, Jill, Rich and Christopher.

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Medical mission: REACHHaiti

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

We are excited to continue in REACHHaiti’s mission to provide sustainable health care in Haiti by educating the community, improving hygiene, providing immunizations, and working towards building a permanent clinic in Chabin, Haiti.

With lots of planning and coordination, REACHHaiti was able to send its first group of students (pharmacy and nursing students) and pharmacists to Haiti during spring break of 2012. They were able to set up a temporary clinic in a school house for the week, and served patients with a wide range of medical needs.

This spring break, we will get a chance to revisit the rural town of Chabin, Haiti, and serve the local people with our team of pharmacy students, nurses, pharmacist, and physicians.

There is still a lot of planning to get done, however, it will be well worth the effort. We cannot wait to share our experiences with you guys.

Please check back soon to see updates from us in Haiti!!

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Phillips Neighborhood Clinic experience: The decision to volunteer

Photo: Phat Tran

The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic administrative board at the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics in San Antonio, Texas (Tran third from right).

Over the next few days, Health Talk is highlighting University of Minnesota health professional students’ stories about their experiences at the U of M’s student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

College of Pharmacy student, Phat Tran, starts the week off by highlighting his experiences at the clinic.

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