Today we had the usual breakfast and then hopped on the bus. The weather was hot and humid which seems to be the mainstay for this area so naturally I planned on drinking 10-15 bottles of water. I started off in radiology with Dr. Deering and I learned more in 4 hours with him than I learned in the last year. He just knew the right way to make everything clinically relevant and is such a great teacher. When lunch came I was very relieved because the radiology room was a hot box. Food hit the spot and I had 1 too many Popsicles. Then it was off to ENT. That was another one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had. He gave me my own patients and then had me present the cases to him. He shows me different techniques to an accurate history taking and making sure your exam is thorough. When the patients stopped trickling in we packed up the extra mess in the hospital and waited for a special even the mayor had for us… But first, Joe Gorz wanted a group photo. After a couple location changes and a picnic table broken in half from the weight of our group, we were able to get a successful photo. Then the group packed into a (HOT) room to await the ceremony. Dr. Willyerd was given the key to the city!! The last person to have that honor was the president of Peru.. So, yea, Dr. W is a big deal. Just as we thought the ceremony was wrapping up, music started playing from a band in the corner and 2 Peruvian girls began dancing for a special tribute to the group. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, they pulled a boa constrictor out of a bag and used it as a dancing partner. It was an experience to say the least. Then we headed back for a quick shower and dinner. It was not a mirage, it was… PIZZA!!! I have never been so happy to see a pizza in my life. I think I polished off 1 or 2 whole pies by myself. After din we took a tuk-tuk back to the hotel. Some people wanted to hit the town but I ended up packing so I could catch some extra zzz’ before the bus in the morning. It was another incredible day to say the least. ADIOS!!!
Group photos and pizza – Sam