This week Federico Chavez Sosa and I made a visit to the Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca Centro de Salud (public health clinic) to present a gift of five stethoscopes to the clinic doctors. The gift is from Dr. Deborah Morris, MD, PA-C, academic coordinator and the Methodist University Physicians Assistant Program in Fayetteville, NC.
The Centro de Salud hosted two Methodist University physician assistant students, Ben and Megan, in summer 2013 for a one-month externship residency. They reported that the doctors would benefit from better quality equipment and suggested that the stethoscopes would make an excellent contribution to improved quality of care.
Of course, they asked the doctors first if they thought they would like to have new stethoscopes after the doctors admired the ones the students brought to use during their externship.
Federico made the presentation to clinic director, Doctora Elizabet, on behalf of the village as he ended his three-year community service commitment as one of three volunteer committee members to lead public health services, including water quality, sanitation, and community health. This service, called a cargo, is a mutual support practice of Usos y Costumbres indigenous Mexican pueblos.
We welcome university level nursing and physician assistant students to ask about participating in a summer residency. Basic Spanish language is necessary. Openings are available for summer 2014 and scheduling is flexible. The cost includes lodging, two daily meals, facilitation, and a contribution to the clinic. Please contact Norma Hawthorne if you are interested.