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Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program
2010 Medical Mission Trip Newsletter
Daily activities ….p 1-2 Mission highlight ….p 3 Mission in pictures and Acknowledgement ...p 4 Through the trip, each medical student, PA student and interpreter tried his/her best to provide the best medical care for the patients. At each site, the medical students did a thorough physical examination and addressed concerns the patients have. In analyzing the patients’ diagnosis, the most common illnesses were headaches, arthritis, hypertension, GERD, osteoporosis, and musculoskeletal problems. he medical mission trip this year During our stay at Tien Giang and Vinh Long , we witnessed amazing to Vinh Long and Tien Giang provinces consisted of three medi- sceneries, did a lot of fun activities and ate delicious foods. cal students, one physician assisAt the end of the trip when we tant, five interpreters and two phyall reflected on the mission, we all felt sicians. Upon our arrival in Viet the trip was a great experience not only Nam, we also had 3 Viet Namese physicians, 2 nurses and 2 pharma- to learn from other members in the group, but also to explore the different cists who assisted in our mission. aspects of Viet Nam. However, the trip Between June 13 to June 29, the could not be possible without the help team visited 9 sites and treated of the donors, Vietnamese volunteers, 1910 patients. physicians, volunteers and medical students.
A Message From VNMAP
We are delighted to
announce that VNMAP has had another successful year! With the 2010 medical mission trip completed, we would like to share with you some memories from our two weeks in Viet Nam. We hope that the information detailed in this newsletter will capture the moments and memories that we will never forget.
Daily Activities: June 13-June 29
June 13. The first day of our mission trip. We had our first team dinner at Liem Phuong Hotel and officially got to meet the team members of the trip. After our dinner, we spent two hours packaging medicines for the clinic. June 14 . At 6:30 a.m we began packing medical supplies into the bus and headed to Vinh Long. On our way, we stopped at a restaurant with beautiful landscaping and had our lunch.
Daily activities cont.
June 15. Our first site was at Xa Thoi Hoa. At this site we saw 230 patients, who were mainly poor elderly women. Most of the patients’ complaints were primarily headaches, back pain and gastrointestinal problems. June 16. Xa Nhon Binh was our next site and at this site we saw 220 patients. June 17. Our third site was Xuan Hiep. At this site we saw 220 patients. We encountered one interesting case of basal cell carcinoma, which provided a great learning experience for the medical students as well as for the interpreters. June 18. Our last site in Vinh Long was in Xa Hoa Binh. At this site we saw 210 people. June 19. On our first break day we went to an island called Vinh Sang. There we toured the fruits garden. We did many fun activities such as riding ostriches, ate a delicious lunch and then headed to Tien Giang province. June 20. Our first day in Tien Giang, we saw 215 patients at Xa Tan Thuan Binh. We had many cases similar to those at Vinh Long. The patients were elderly women who were farmers and had back pain and joint pain. June 21. We visited Xa Tan Binh Thanh and saw 210 patients . June 22. At Xa Trung Hoa-Huyen Chau Thanh we saw 210 patients. We had a case of gout, a disease caused by the accumulation of uric acid. The patient case was a little severe which we could not treat so we recommended him to a specialist.
June 23. Our second break day. On this day we visited 2 islands called Dao Con Lon and Dao con Phuong in Tien Giang. On the island we drank honey tea and did many other activities.. June 24 We visited Xa Tam Hiep and saw 210 patients. Today we got to diagnose a large number of children. June 25. Our last day working was at Xa Tan Ly Dong , where we saw 190 patients. We didn’t have as many patients as we had hoped for. June 26. The team headed back to Saigon. On our way back we stopped by New Village Clinic, a private clinic to care for the poor in Go Vap District. At the clinic, Dr. Phan, the head physician, gave a description of the clinic and took us on a tour of the clinic. June 27. We visited Bung Sang Organization, which is a home for the blind and an orphanage in charge by Father Hoang Van Binh . During our visit, we gave out goodies and toothbrushes and got to know the children. June 28. We visited the nursing home in Cu Chi and Thien Phuoc, a home for disabled children. They were very happy to see us there. June 29. In the morning we visited Tam Duc Hospital and were given a tour of the place. At night we all gathered together and ate our last dinner together before the team was dismissed.
Providing Health Care
Many patients were taken care of! The group members have a good relationship! I hope to participate in VNMAP’s mission team in many years after. ~Dr. Thong Luong–
On this trip, despite the lack of technologies, each medical /PA student and interpreter worked collaboratively to provide the best care for the patients. At every clinic, the medical students and physician assistants had a chance to coordinate the setting for each site so that all the patients could be seen in a timely manner. After being triaged, patients are seen by one of the medical/ PA students, and based on the diagnosis, prescriptions are given. Each prescription is reviewed by the physician, who confirms it or makes further recommendations for treatment. At each clinic, we saw acute as well as chronic conditions. For the chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, we recommended the patients to see their doctor regularly. As for the acute conditions, we educated them about prevention methods.
Educational Programs & Health Survey
In addition to providing health care for the patients, health education and survey were also conducted. Health education this year was conducted differently compared to last year. This year, we wanted to dedicate more attention to each patient, so the education was a one to one consultation on problems the medical students believe the patient needs to know. The topics for the education included hypertension, diabetes, women's health, respiratory problems, acid reflux, diarrhea, nutrition and safety. The survey we conducted this year focused on hypertension due to a large number of hypertension cases in the previous mission trip. In this survey, we hope to understand the cause for the high hypertension rate in Viet Nam.
Upon our return to Saigon, we visited many places and learned a lot from those places. The first place we stopped by was a small clinic called New Village Clinic, At the clinic, we were introduced to the employees and were given a description of the types of work Dr. Phan does at the clinic. Afterward, we were given a tour of the place and learned a lot more about the place and the types of operation that he does. The next day at Saigon, we visited Bung Sang, a home for blind children and an orphanage in charge by Father Hoang Van Binh. We spent most of our afternoon getting to know them . We also visited a nursing home in Cu Chi., where we conversed with the elders. Our next stop was at Thien Phuoc Home, a home for disabled children that is run by the local nuns. At both sites, it was very sad to witness the conditions the elders and the disabled children were in; we were glad that our present gave them joy.
VNMAP 2010 Medical Mission in Pictures
"Together we experienced a new side of Viet Nam that was at times shocking and sad, and at others, fun and exciting. The clinic days were tiring, but every day, we would meet at least a few truly wonderful patients or be able to help someone who was really sick - these moments made things like waking up early and working in the heat completely worthwhile“
~Michelle Phan– Volunteer
This mission offered me a chance to work intimately with physicians, and see a large volume of patients with pathologies rarely seen in the US. In a very short time, I became comfortable with a streamlined patient interview, basic physical exam, case presentation, and writing prescriptions. The experience was invaluable to my growth as a future physician and I am very grateful to have had this opportunity!" ~Hayley Ryan
The success of our 2010 Medical Mission Trip to Viet Nam could not have been made possible without the help of many people. We are very thankful for all of the financial support from the donors. In addition, many individuals donated supplies for us to bring to Viet Nam, which we are also grateful for. Furthermore, the trip would not have been successful without the experience and expertise of the team physicians as well as our team pharmacist. Especially this year, we have built a strong collaboration with and received a lot of help from our partners in Viet Nam; Vinh Long and Tien Giang’s volunteers, and the officials and physicians in Tam Duc Heart Hospital in Saigon.
~Trandai Financial Solution, LLC
~Catholic University of America ~John Hopkins School of Medicine ~ Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ~Woodholme Gastroenterology Associates ~The Nguyen’s Gift Shop ~Mr. & Mrs. Tuan and Phuong Pham ~Mr. & Mrs. Hoang and Mai Nguyen
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