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Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic

A Catawba College Blog

Posted by Dr. Valerie Rakes

October 8, 2020

Category: Faculty Blogs

by Dr. Valerie Rakes

co-drblog4.jpgFebruary-March, 2020, the School of Health Sciences and Human Performances embarked on a medical mission trip to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The trip was an experience provided by Volunteers Around the World (VAW). During the trip students and nursing faculty completed the following:

  • Worked side by side with patients and doctors during mobile clinics: setting up and tearing down clinics in areas with no or limited access to healthcare
  • Learned about common diseases and treatment courses through patient work and training from healthcare staff
  • Experienced and adapted to new culture, customs and food through local housing
  • Explored the beauties of the site’s geographical landscape during free days

co-drblog2.jpgDuring the week we were in Jarabacoa, the team worked six medical days doing the following:

  • Orientation
    • Introduction class: Learn about and common diseases in the area and courses of treatment
    • Skills training: vital signs, medical Spanish
  • Mobile clinics: Travel to rural communities and underserved populations in the city
  • Intake: Patient history and basic information
  • Triage/Vitals
    • Height & weight
    • Pulse & respiration rates
    • Blood pressure
    • Blood glucose level
  • Shadowing & Assist Doctorsco-drblog3.jpg
    • Learn to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments
  • Pharmacy
    • Learn dosage and usage of medications

The clinics were located in the region of La Vega in Jarabacoa. The primary language was Spanish and French Creole.



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