Thank you so much for taking time to look at our blog! We are a group of edical students who are passionate about training and in underserved areas. This January and February, we are in Peru, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica internationally as well as locally in Flint and Lansing completing volunteer service, rotating in hospitals and clinics, and learning about international medicine and local underserved health care. We appreciate any time you take to read our reflections and any donations you might offer.
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Friday, February 17
Wednesday, February 15
Tuesday, February 7
I've also been working with the MSU Extension office here in Flint on a research project showing a connection between the consumption of high amounts of animal fat, exposure to phthalates, and BPA exposure during adolescence and the later development of breast cancer. I will be going around to various schools in Flint this month presenting the research results after nutrition classes. My goal is to make the public aware of the importance of a healthy diet and the dangers of certain chemicals (phthalates and BPA) and what kinds of products contain those chemicals. Hopefully I can make an impact.
These two months of LMU are flying by! I've learned a lot and have enjoyed the exposure to underserved populations. I plan to take this knowledge and incorporate it in my future patient encounters no matter where I end up practicing.
Monday, February 6
In the urgent care setting, I am seeing patients with acute presentations, while at the other 2 clinic sites, I am seeing patients with chronic illnesses. At all the sites I also get to see pediatric patients. It has been a practice with a broad spectrum of patients, which has been great for educational and academic learning. I have also seeing a trend, of a lot of URI symptoms, given the current weather and its changes. Another aspect I've enjoyed, is that Dr. Arif and Dr. Ahmed take any opportunity they can get to add a teaching moment to every patient visit. Because of this, I have also learned about new medications that are either on trial or already in the market, and it's impact on patients' quality of lives.
Aside from clinical time, we have also been working on our community projects, which entail providing educational sessions on Diabetes and Hypertension with the patients waiting to be seen at the clinic, as well as providing Spanish classes at a local high school. It has been a slow start on these projects, but we are excited to share our results and impact with our other LMU students, as these programs further develop.