From Mertie Potter and Sara Smoller, January 9th 2017

Sara and I are so proud of this team. They have been working so hard and well together. They truly are a group of servant leaders. At Bateyes Espernaza on Monday, January 9th, we had the privilege of serving 103 beautiful people. We were working alongside a Dominican dentist, Haitian/Dominican interpreters, a church team from Rhode Island, an internal medicine physician from GA who practices at the VA, a family practice physician on a grant exploring ways to help service/mission groups communicate and collaborate on work in the Dominican Republic.

MGH-IHP students took on 5 United States Undergrad students for about 2 hours in the Bateyes. These students were a part of a program called GAP Medical Mission. These students are exploring medicine during their gap year to identify if it’s a profession they truly want to pursue while learning how to serve in the Dominican Republic.

Service in the Bateyes includes: Educational workshops (Sex education, HIV, AIDS; Hypertension, Dental, Dermatology); Blood Pressure, pulse and weight screening; Assessment, diagnosis and treatment in conjunction with American and Dominican practitioners; Eye glass clinic, medication services (pharmacy) and education, interaction with the Bateyes community!


Sara Smoller & Mertie Potter


Posted in 2017 Dominican Republic Service Trip, Global Health
One comment on “From Mertie Potter and Sara Smoller, January 9th 2017
  1. Peter Cahn Peter Cahn says:

    What a commitment to educating the next generation of health professionals! Thank you both for providing such a life-changing experience for so many of our students. It’s encouraging to hear about the ongoing partnerships that will sustain this collaboration.

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