We’re on island time now…

We have been busy since Christina’s last update.  The group has been at the East End Medical Center- collecting ambulatory care surveys, observing through put, creating educational materials, organizing charts, and shadowing providers.  Everyone has pitched in to get our quality improvement data in and we are now working on the results and projects that we will present to the Leadership team at the health center.  We are also preparing to assist with a health screening this week!

Mackenzie helps organize and pull charts.

Mackenzie helps organize and pull charts.

Mary Macon helps organize and pull charts.

Mary Macon helps organize and pull charts.

Annie and Kelly work on a bulletin board- just one of our many educational projects for this trip.

Annie and Kelly work on a bulletin board- just one of our many educational projects for this trip.

We have interviewed and surveyed locals here in St. Thomas for our quality improvement projects.  However, we have also had the opportunity to talk with some providers to get more information about what it means to provide health care to St. Thomians.  Tuesday, we had the opportunity to meet with the Dr. Hughes, the Radiation Oncologist here on the island.  He and his physicist, Damien explained not only what they do but why they choose to do it here.  Hearing these men speak gave new meaning to what we want to accomplish here.  The medicine that they practice is awe-inspiring, but their reasons are what motivates me to follow my passion for patient care.

Entering the treatment area.

Entering the treatment area.

Damien explains how the radiation is delivered.

Damien explains how the radiation is delivered.

One final picture of our group with Dr. Hughes and Damien.

One final picture of our group with Dr. Hughes and Damien.

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