This mission was extremely successful and a lot of fun. It was larger than our previous missions as the clinic and surgery teams did not get a chance to get together this time for a group photo. The clinic team consisted of Chimene Liburd Brown, MD (our treasurer and family practitioner), Aisha Lofters, MD (a wonderful f1st time volunteer from Jamaica and Canada in family practice), Elaine Chong (aka mom), Annie Menzies and Dimples Morris (our local volunteers from Kingston, JA). The team ventured to Magotty for a couple of days, then Seaford Town for the remainder of the first week and subsequently Enfield in St. Mary the beginning of the next week.
Medicine In Action was able to see a total of 204 patients and perform 57 pap smears. There were a variety of patients seen including some men and we of course continued on our quest of offering cervical cancer screening to a much-needed population.
Team (Drs Aisha Lofters and Chimene Liburd, Dimples Morris, Annie Menzies and Elaine Chong) with sisters and Father Luke and two little members of the Seaford Town community.
Our surgical team consisted of Karolynn Echols, MD (our president and urogynecologist), Lorraine Bailey, RN (our vice-president and nurse coordinator), Tamara Toidze, MD (a 3rd time volunteer urogynecologist from Philadelphia), Nima Shah, MD (a 3rd year urogynecology fellow) and Alex Berger, MD (a 4th year Ob/ Gyn resident from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital). The local physicians Abigail Creighton, MD (Ob/Gyn from Falmouth Hospital) and Diedre Gordon, MD (Ob/Gyn from St. Ann’s Bay Hospital) worked side by side with surgeons from Medicine In Action to make this mission a very successful one. Although our commute the first week was long, our 1st mission to Falmouth was a success. MIA donated on behalf of Dr Mary Jo O’Sullivan and the late Dr. Frank Major an anesthesia monitor and there was a small ceremony put on by the hospital to make it official.
The surgical team pictured with Dr. Abigail Creighton (center), CEO Mr. Mclennon, Deputy Matron Sister Blakemowatt, and Parish Manager Ms. Smith. During an official ceremony with the monitor donated by MIA to Falmouth Hospital.
The team saw a total of 25 patients and performed a total of 18 cases. The Kiwanis Club of New Falmouth also partnered with MIA to help bring the much-needed surgery to the underserved women in Falmouth. New Falmouth set up a “meet and greet” that unfortunately MIA could not attend due to the patient schedule and the distance we would have to travel after a long day. The Kiwanian Newton (now Lorraine’s spouse) boxed our food up and delivered it the next day. The volunteers were very impressed with the food and felt no shame in using their fingers to enjoy the Escovitch fish. Dr. Karolynn Echols gave two sponsored symposiums: one in Montego Bay to the Ob/Gyn physicians of Cornwall Regional and the other to the Ob/Gyn department of St Ann’s Bay Hospital. Both were well attended and we learned a lot about pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence.
After the mission Karolynn, Elaine and Annie went on a much-needed holiday to Ocho Rios and Port Antonio and met some new friends, ate local food, swam at the waterfall and the beach. Port Antonio is Jamaica’s most well kept secret and well worth the adventure.