Thursday, November 25, 2010

Finishing Up in Can Tho

It's the last morning in Can Tho and Jane and I just returned from rounding on our post-op patients. Our last patient coincidentally was the first person we began our screenings with on the first morning. It was a great way to round out our trip.

Everyone is doing well, and the expressions on the faces of our patients and their families is very uplifting and gratifying. The past two weeks have been full of various challenges that we were able to overcome with some ingenuity and cooperation between our team and the local staff. It has been an experience that I will never forget. The procedures that we performed were nothing short of miracles for many of these patients. 

The attending physicians on our team have also been very knowledgeable and have shared their experience with us in so many ways. It is a very collaborative learning environment that they have built through the IEP missions. I am very proud to have been a part of the team.  The nurses have also supported us greatly throughout the two-week period. We joke that they are like the mother hens of the group. 

This has been a very eye-opening experience. I have a great respect for our profession and for everyone who takes time out of their busy schedule to make this mission happen. I hope that I can be a part of the team again on future missions. 

Thank you International Extremity Project and Can Tho General Hospital! ~Diane M. Koshimune, DPM-PGY3

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