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Day Seven: Soco and Playa Bandera Azul

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Our last day in the Dominican Republic began with a now familiar routine. Everyone met in the dining hall for breakfast at 7 am and then prepared for the day. The medical team checked the contents of their bins, adding more »

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Day Six: Batey Verde

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Day six is my favorite day, so far, in this journey. I think I needed a few days to “warm up” and by day six, I finally found my groove. I felt confident in myself and in our team. Further, more »

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Day Five: Batey Campinas de Lechuga

Mertie Potter taking my blood pressure (or raising it!).

Each weekday Mertie Potter and the nurse practitioner students are visiting a different batey to support a mobile health clinic. The staff at Casa Pastoral orchestrate the intricate schedule. A yellow school bus picks up each of the three mission more »

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Day Four: En La Escuela

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Several months ago, we had our first team meeting to discuss this trip. I remember learning about the bateys and I developed my own preconceptions of what they’d be like. I even found myself feeling a little bit nervous about more »

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Day Three: Good Samaritan Hospital

Today our team was up, dressed and ready for breakfast at 7 am. After gulping down a surprisingly delicious breakfast porridge, the surgical team (myself included) headed for Good Samaritan Hospital to greet our first patient. The day’s lineup would more »

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Day Two: The Beach and the Hospital

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This is a holiday weekend in the Dominican Republic. Three Kings’ Day is when children in Latin America traditionally receive gifts. Casa Pastoral is affiliated with a Baptist church around the corner. The staff members who cook the meals and more »

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Day One: Santo Domingo to La Romana

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The MGH Institute/Boston Medical Center team gathered at Logan airport in Boston on Friday night for a JetBlue flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In an early example of successful collaboration, several students removed, repacked, and reweighed a suitcase so more »

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Departure: Boston to Santo Domingo

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Since our kickoff meeting in September, the members of the Dominican Republic mission trip have been preparing for today’s departure. Mertie Potter, a faculty member in the School of Nursing, has coordinated both the academic and logistical sides of the more »

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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 more »

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