OVERVIEW

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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Tuesday, January 21

Welcome to Restauración


Restauracion is a small town of approximately 7,000. It is located in the Northwestern region of Dajabon, a border province of the Dominican Republic with Haiti. Our 1st day involved traveling back towards Santiago to the town of Mao to see the director of public health for the region. We had been told that we needed his blessing for me to be able to work clinically. Luckily, within a few minutes of seeing the director and speaking to him, he gave his permission, and I was officially set to go. We drove back to Restauracion, for me to get an introduction to the hospital, and the FIMRC organization. 

Starting Tuesday, 1/14, I began my work at the clinic. Although it was labeled as a municipal hospital, and did have 3 small wards for inpatients, the Hospital in Restauracion mostly functioned as a primary care center. There was capacity for IV rehydration and antibiotics, as well as an OB/GYN room for births and exams. However, any complications or procedures requiring specialists needed to be sent up to Dajabon, the Regional Seat. The hospital was staffed 24/7 with 1 physician (there was a rotation of 3 that worked 24 hour shifts every 3rd day. One attending physician and 2 medical interns doing their required year of service. 

As this is dry season, my patients presented with mostly run-of-the-mill complaints, colds, flu, UTIs, the occasional Hypertensive urgency, but consistent with a family practice in the US. I was told of episodes of Dengue, occasional malaria, and the epidemic of Cholera that they had faced here months back.

I spent the rest of the 1st week getting used to the town and meeting the generous and welcoming inhabitants.

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