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Service Learning Trips - Nicaragua 2014

In April of 2014, 14 Temple medical students, two Temple University Hospital attending physicians, Dr. Ellen Tedaldi and Dr. Eileen Farnon, and third year emergency medicine resident, Dr. Katrina Kissman, traveled to Nicaragua to work in the medically underserved community of Barrio Grenada. This was TEAC’s second visit to Barrio Grenada and the group was again hosted by Companeros, Inc., an organization that has been facilitating community development projects in this area since 2010. The TEAC team set up a temporary clinic  next to a community center. Students saw patients in teams of two and performed medical histories and physical exams. The Attending physicians saw each patient and assisted the students in developing a treatment plan.

Over the course of the week, TEAC saw 356 patients in the clinic, half of whom were children under the age of 12. A wide variety of medical conditions were seen, such as upper respiratory infections, fungal skin infections, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Students also offered counseling on hydration and distributed brochures depicting exercises for back pain. Additional public health efforts included distribution of toothbrushes, toothpaste, multivitamins, and condoms to patients. Prior to the trip, TEAC members collected over 40 Spanish children’s books that were donated to a local school at the end of the visit. The TEAC team also had the opportunity to visit the local health center and learn about the services provided there.

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