NP students to be part of mission trip to Dominican Republic

The MGH Institute is partnering with Christian Medical Mission (CMM), Good Samaritan Hospital, and a surgical team from Boston Medical Center on a medical mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, from Jan. 2-10, 2015.

The 13-member team will provide nursing, medical, and surgical care to Dominicans in the La Roman area and to Haitians working in the bateyes (sugar cane fields).

This is the 3rd team of nurse practitioner students I will have the privilege of taking to the Caribbean nation.

The focus of service on this trip is two-fold:

  1. The NP students will be involved with health clinics in the bateyes, gathering information and experience they will use to create their scholarly projects; and
  2. The surgical team will provide surgeries at the Good Samaritan Hospital.

MGH Institute Associate Provost Dr. Peter Cahn also is joining the team to explore ways future trips could include students from the IHP’s other disciplines.

The 2015 team members are:

School of Nursing Clinical Professor Mertie L. Potter, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC

NP students Jennifer Bowen, Erin Bradley, Lindsey Champa, Erika Fernandez, Pedro Hernandez, Liv Larsen, and Aurora Stevens

Peter Cahn, PhD, MGH Institute Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Boston Medical Center physicians Donald Hess, MD; Ryan Macht, MD; and Feroze Sidhwa, MD

Fred Potter – photographer/videographer

We look forward to serving together in the Dominican Republic and hope you will follow our journey.



Mertie Potter

Dr. Potter is ANCC-certified as a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and as an adult psychiatric-mental health clinical nurse specialist. She teaches mainly in the Direct-Entry Master's program. Dr. Potter maintains a clinical practice seeing individuals across the lifespan for psychopharmacology and psychotherapy at Merrimack Valley Counseling Association in Nashua, NH. Some areas of expertise include depression, stress management, anxiety, mood disorders, and loss and grieving. Her additional professional interests include: suffering, group work, nursing theory, crisis intervention, chronic illness, pain management, spirituality, medical missions, and camp nursing.

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