Service Learning Trips - El Salvador 2010
In March of 2010, 19 TEAC medical students and two Temple University Hospital (TUH) attending physicians, Drs. Manish Garg and Thomas Comerci, traveled to El Salvador to assist those affected by the devastating floods and landslides caused by Hurricane Ida. The TEAC team provided medical care and counseling in free mobile medical clinics that were open to the public in the cities of Apopa, Quesaltepeque, San Martin and Verapaz. Members also visited an orphanage in San Salvador to provide care to the children and those caring for them. Common conditions encountered and treated included upper respiratory infections, heat rashes, fungal infections, vision problems, scabies and GI parasites, falls and other orthopedic injuries, allergies, and depression. Procedures included gynecological exams, suturing, tongue frenulectomy, and wound debridement and dressing. Over the course of a week, TEAC was able to provide care to 539 patients that might otherwise have not been seen.