This year we are excited to announce that we have 32 current medical students from MSUCOM traveling to Peru for the 2017 installment of the MSUCOM Global Outreach Program: Peru. Members from the classes of 2018 and 2020 have been tirelessly working since the start of the new year as they make preparations for the trip. Although the trip is still 5 months away, the work necessary to make it a success is ongoing throughout the year. All students participate in monthly meetings sharing updates about fundraising, research, travel arrangements, and many other aspects related to the mission. In July there will be the annual and infamous med packing party, during which all traveling members meet at the DMC campus to sort, organize and pack medications and supplies into suit cases. The students travel with these supplies in their personal luggage in order to make transportation of these vital items possible.
Students will land in Lima in Mid August and will find their way to the hotel. The first day of the trip serves as an adjustment day, and students are free to explore the city and become acquainted with the local culture. The next two days are an immersion into Peruvian healthcare. There will be a tour of the Lima Medical School with a presentation about OMT and its implementation into primary healthcare, as well as an opportunity to visit a Lima teaching hospital and experience healthcare in Peru. They will tour the hospital and have presentations from local physicians and healthcare workers.
Midweek the group will then travel to Iquitos to commence the Iquitos Medical Campaign. It is here where a standing clinic has been established specifically for our mission. For 4 days the group will spend morning and afternoon in the clinic providing basic general healthcare services to indigenous people. These services include dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine/family medicine, ENT, and others.
The group then embarks on the Amazon River portion of the medical campaign. They will spend 2 days on the river providing clinic level care to local villagers on the banks of the river. They will also have the opportunity to explore some of the jungle on a Canopy walk and with local tours given by employees of the resort.
At the conclusion of the trip, our providers and students will either return to the US or enjoy an adventure of their own to exciting locations such as Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail.