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November 2011 Jamaica Mission

November 2011 Jamaica Mission

November 2011 Jamaica Mission

Participants were from left
Carly Schwartz, med student Sugar Scholar, Karanda Bowman,David Chong, Elaine Chong, Lise Rehwaldt MD, Andrea Green
Back row
Yany Diaz MD resident, James Aikins MD, Karolynn Echols, MD, Chimene Liburd MD, Lorraine Bailey RN, Charmagne, Anne Galante MD, Mary Jo O’Sullivan MD

This November, Medicine in Action held its 22nd mission where we performed 27 surgeries, saw 232 patients in the outlying clinics and performed 80 pap smears, continuing our cervical cancer screening program. We had 11 stellar volunteers from all over the country.

Since we have cultivated a relationship with Victoria Jubilee Hospital and St Joseph’s hospital we were able to operate on patients that had been on the surgical waiting list as long as 3 years. Dr Stevens, the CMO, Dr. Palmer from VJH and longtime supporter Mrs. Hudson, CEO of St. Joseph’s hospital were instrumental in developing this program.

As is our policy, the focus of this mission was “quality and not quantity” making education our primary focus. We expanded our teaching goals to include residents from VJH as well as UWI.  Ob/Gyn residents participated in the surgeries we performed. Our resident Yanni Diaz, was the first resident from MIA to rotate at VJH and it was a huge success. Our education focus was extended to patients by handing out educational flyers on Self Breast Examinations, the importance of pap smears and gynecological exams, diet and exercise. Documentation on every patient included not only the typical clinical information but the type of education received. We stressed the importance of follow-up appointments, diet and exercise. This was the first time that we also held clinics at Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary’s parish and Holy Spirit Clinic in Maggotty, St Elizabeth Parish. It was so successful that these clinics will become a permanent part of our missions.  We continued seeing patients at the Kingston clinics such as Tivoli Gardens and Whitfield Town  in connection with the Franciscan Ministries.