Today was our 6th day of clinic at the school. After picking up 2 Fulbright students and their 2 friends who help us translate, we arrived around 9 am and were greeted by many cheerful school children. The principal helps coordinate the check-in process by giving each patient a number from 1-100 and the one page form that includes demographic info, progress note, and prescriptions.

Katie and I completed the triage process on the first 70 patients by lunch time. We would get the chief complaint and try to discern who was coming for a “check up” or well visit and those with acute or chronic medical conditions. We’d also take vital signs. Taking a temperature proved to be one of the most challenging aspects of triage–on the next trip I’d like to trade in the DORA THE EXPLORER thermometers for the disposable paper ones that are not so finicky.

We’re happy to have a new team member, Dan. He arrived today directly from the airport and jumped right into the “consultorio” role and was seeing patients by lunch time.

For a cultural experience, after clinic we walked into the village to watch cock fighting. Some of the bravest in the group paid 50 pesos for a seat inside the wooden and barbed wire theater while the meek stayed outside. I think watching one cock fight was enough for most of us. I also wonder if spraying the cocks with chlorox beforehand would really help stop the spread of disease?

We enjoyed a great final dinner for Ranit, who flies home tomorrow, at a restaurant on the ocean. Besides seeing the patients, one of the best aspects of the trip has been the congenial and fun group of physicians, residents and students. More to come tomorrow……