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It’s been nearly 4 months since our mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and I’ve recently been reflecting on what we learned while we were there. The Bonao region of the Dominican Republic is located in the center of the country, northwest of the capital Santo Domingo. The population of the surrounding province is nearly a quarter of a million people. A large percentage are rural and must travel to the central city for medical care. It is a developing country.
It was an incredible experience to be able to make such a direct and immediate difference in the lives of some of the patients that we treated. The gratitude of the patients and their families was both inspiring and humbling. The team we worked with at the hospital were dedicated and committed.
However, I’ve come to realize that one of the most important parts of the mission, was simply the opportunity to share our knowledge of medical procedures with the local physicians. I was struck by the passion of the local physicians and their hunger for up-to-date information and training in the latest techniques. I was able to share with them, many of the techniques we use here at Princeton Brain & Spine Care, along with the most current thinking on a variety of spinal treatment methods.
Although they are often working in challenging circumstances with limited resources, the two doctors we worked with were exceptionally quick in imagining how they could apply the information that I was sharing with them, to improve the available care for their patients.
We have a tradition at Princeton Brain & Spine Care of reaching out to physicians in other countries, and our mission to the Dominican Republic fits perfectly with our goals to teach and share advanced techniques with surgeon around the world.
We will be returning to the Dominican Republic next year to continue our mission efforts. One of my main objectives on the next trip will be in continuing to share knowledge with the local doctors. I know that by teaching the local doctors everything we can, the legacy of these trips will live on in improved medical care for local residents throughout the year.
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