January 20, 2011

The FIMRC Clinic at Alajualita: The doctors office:

Playing soccer at the soup kitchen after giving the nutrition presentation:

Mike tending to a minor injury during the game:

Hard at work preparing the presentations with the students from Harvard (next to Angela, in the upper left corner, is Jessica, then Rosmary, Denni and then Marie is next to Mike)

Hola from Costa Rica! It's been almost a week in Costa Rica already. We spent our first day here visiting the local Sunday market and then went out to celebrate Angelas birthday. There are 4 undergraduate students from Harvard that joined us this week and have been a great addition to the group. Once we were oriented to the clinic on Monday we began working with the doctor and the psychologist. We have also been able to spend time in the pharmacy and in the front office doing patient intake. We had two days of lecture on the health system of Costa Rica and the use of psychology in the clinic. We also planned and executed two health programs for a local soup kitchen. The first was a presentation to a group of women about hypertension and stroke, and the second was a presentation to the children at the soup kitchen about nutrition and exercise. Both were well recieved by the community.

We have also had three spanish lessons from a Costa Rican medical student. He created a complete book geared towards medical spanish complete with grammer lessons, patient-doctor dialogues and a medical dictionary.

Our three different homestays have been a great immersion experience since none of the families speak english. They have been very gracious in their introduction into the local fare of Costa Rica including Gallo Pinto, a taste of the fresh local produce and plently of coffee. The coffee has definitely lived up to its reputation.

We spent one afternoon in downtown San Jose visitng the various stores and the souvenir market. We also took a tour of the Museo de Oro while downtown.

Dr. Schnuth has been very welcoming and enthusiastic. She seems to know everyone here.

This weekend we plan on spending some time on the beach, visiting a live volcano and relaxing in the Costa Rican sun.
Pura vida!

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Douglas said...

Pura Vida!

Doug Moffat

MSU CHM Saginaw said...

Sounds like things are going well. Thanks for the update! Can't wait to hear more.

Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds lovely! The clinic seems like a really great place to volunteer! Buena suerte with the rest of your time with FIMRC, and pura vida!

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