DASV-Hombres Fall 2009 trip to Paraiso, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is underway! Day one in our clinic was busy and fruitful.

Our team of 2 attendings, 2 residents, and 4 medical students assembled yesterday. After a morning of counting and packaging meds we visited the site. A brief tour, guided by Wallace, of the neighborhood opened many eyes. This morning we returned full force and set up clinic in the local elementary school. Patients were there waiting for us.

The system of registration had a few kinks, but Katie Mitchell’s organizational skills ironed them out. Ranit Mishori and Candace Roman provide consultation in one room, Molly Vorster and Jennifer Montgomery staffed room 2. Translation in the consultorios was helpfully available thanks to our Fullbright friends Irene and Reina. Patients moved through in family groups and emerged at the Farmacia with prescriptions, which Steve Sosnicki and Sarah Fellers filled and dispensed. The crowd was orderly enough, and seemed to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

In the evening Deb Brunner arrived, supplementing our attending staff. Tomorrow we start home visits and a survey of diarrhea illness in the Esfuerzo barrio. We are hoping for more translators.

–Tommy Ball, MD (trip leader, family medicine residency faculty in Front Royal, VA)