Today our msucom group visited a public hospital in Lima and then gave presentations to a group of nursing students at the university of Cesar Vallejo. The hospital tour was a very unique experience and we had the opportunity to see how patients are taken care of in a very different environment. I had the privilege of being able to participate in rounds with one of the Peruvian attendings and the medical students who were on his service. We saw a variety of different patients and the attending took care to explain all of their different conditions as well as standards of care for each case. The attending even included us in the round of questions for the medical students and I am embarrassed to say that I was a bit lacking in my microbiology knowledge when we were asked about some of the common bugs in the hospital. Since there are limited resources in the hospital, our attending really stressed the importance of a good history and physical exam. Since many patients cannot afford more technical procedures such as MRI and CT, it is up to the medical team to use their H&P skills to make the correct diagnosis. I was very honored to be able to round with this medical team and I feel that I could learn a lot from spending more time in the hospital with them.
The second part of our day was spent at the university of Cesar Vallejo, where we gave presentations about the history of OMT and then demonstrated several OMT techniques. Since I speak a little bit of Spanish, I was asked to give the introduction presentation about the history of OMT. When I was first asked to give the presentation I was a little bit nervous because I thought that I would have to write and translate the entire presentation alone. Luckily I discovered that not only had the presentation been created, but that it had been translated by one of the Peruvian doctors who was assisting us on our trip, which helped to ease my nervousness a lot. Overall I think the presentation went very smoothly and I was excited to see that not only was our audience very receptive, but that they also had lots of very intelligent questions. It was a bit of a struggle for me to answer everyone’s questions in Spanish, but with the help of our dedicated Peruvian translators everything worked out well. I also want to give a shout out to our other two presenters Kayla and Lauren who did a wonderful job with the second part of the presentation as well as the presentation coordinator, Maddi, who facilitated the entire presentation. Overall, it was a very unique and enjoyable experience to be able to teach OMM to our audience and I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to present, teach, and translate. I hope the students at Cesar Vallejo enjoyed the experience as much as I did.
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