Peds clinic – Taylor

Aug. 6
Today was our second day of clinic in Iquitos. I started off in the pediatrics ward. Many of the children we saw were deaf, which made patient education a difficult problem for us. Not only could they not hear, but many of them don’t know sign language and essentially function based on gestures alone. After breaking for lunch, I moved to the radiology ward. This is where many of the extreme cases are sent – we saw a variety of diseases and pathology ranging from cancer to collapsed lungs to bone fractures. We also were able to use a Doppler machine and ultrasound for some of the cases. It was an amazing experience because it was the first time that I’ve been able to use the medical knowledge I learned in my first year for patient-specific cases in radiology. One of the most important skills I learned today was when to use a specific radiological imaging test specifically for the needs and presentation of the patient. After cleaning up and tearing down, we went to an amazing dinner spot right off of the banks of the Amazon river.

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