Posts in Category: 2013

2013: Krista Brucker MD, Roatan, Honduras

For my elective I spent a month at Clinica Esperanza on the Island of Roatan just off the north coast of Honduras. I had a mixed role in the clinic where I spent many of my mornings providing basic primary care, peds and OB consults to some of the 80 patients the clinic sees each morning. The clinic is the primary healthcare provider for over 10,000 island families treating everything from hypertension and diabetes to snake bites and scuba diving injuries.

In the afternoon, I spent time helping the administrative staff of the clinic complete a formal evaluation of the visiting medical student experience. I was responsible for talking to the permanent clinic staff, the visiting medical students as well as community members and small business owners to help assess the status of the current rotation and provide suggestions about how it might be improved. Through this collaborative effort we were able to provide the clinic with many suggestions that will hopefully both improve the visiting medical students' experience and also begin a more thorough discussion of how to best utilize visiting medical professionals and students for the benefit of the clinic and the larger community.

2013: Amit Phul MD, Manhattan, USA

The Spirit of 2010 allowed me to spend my elective living and working in Manhattan as a medical correspondent for ABC News' Medical Unit. During the elective, I was responsible for vetting the information in news stories that ABC News was actively pursuing for on-air coverage. It was a great experience to be able to see how medical information is communicated to the lay public, and how important it is for news to be true and accurate, as it is how many people in the public get their health information. Thanks to the Class of 2010 for helping me have this great experience.