Japsimran: Week 4 Oaxaca Reflection

by on August 4, 2017 6:40 pm
Our final week in Oaxaca was very different from the previous three weeks for me. This week, I volunteered at Centro de Esperanza Infantil. At first, I was unsure of what we would be doing during our volunteer hours there. On the first day, we helped to cut paper into 8.5in by 11in sheets and… Read more Japsimran: Week 4 Oaxaca Reflection

Ilya Oaxaca Final Reflection

by on August 4, 2017 5:27 am
For the last week, I wanted to work with an organization rather than a healthcare provider as I wanted to grasp a better exposure on the grassroots community efforts in Oaxaca. I spent some time working in the Centro la Esperanza Infantil. While we did not have a lot of time to spend with the… Read more Ilya Oaxaca Final Reflection

Micah Final Post

by on July 29, 2017 8:09 pm
I had many questions since beginning the surveys. Even though I was helping lead the survey portion of our trip, I felt that I did not have a good understanding of the full picture of the goal and history of the surveys in the community, so it was a bit tough to try to offer… Read more Micah Final Post

Katie: Oaxaca Week 4 Reflection

by on July 29, 2017 3:46 pm
I chose to return to Hospital Civil for our last week of clinical rotations. The Thursday before, I had had one of my favorite shadowing days in Escolares with Dr. Jacobo–while I often felt uncomfortable as a student observer in other wards of the hospital, Dr. Jacobo made sure to introduce us to each patient… Read more Katie: Oaxaca Week 4 Reflection

Libby Week 4 Reflection

by on July 28, 2017 2:48 pm
I’ve now been back in the US for almost two weeks now, and it feels like ages ago that we were all down in Oaxaca. Although I’m glad to be home again for the first time in a while, I’ve found myself really missing both the people and the city of Oaxaca. In particular, eating… Read more Libby Week 4 Reflection

William Brown - Week 4 Reflection

by on July 26, 2017 9:22 pm
My last week Oaxaca I spent shadowing in Hospital Civil.  Although I had already been to Hospital Civil it was a much different experience this week.  I felt a lot more comfortable asking doctors and residents questions.  During the partial hip replacement I saw with Jo, two residents were performing the surgery so the attending… Read more William Brown - Week 4 Reflection

Jenny Final Reflection

by on July 25, 2017 9:41 pm
Having been back in the U.S. for over a week now, I have really been able to reflect on this 4-week journey and the impact of this community health program on my development and education. When I applied for the program, I thought that it would be a great capstone for my undergraduate studies by… Read more Jenny Final Reflection

Maddie Week 4 Reflection

by on July 24, 2017 8:40 pm
It’s kind of crazy how fast these four weeks went by.  Returning to the States after our program has made me realize how much I miss our routine of clinic and hospital rotations, exploring coffee shops, comida with our host families, language class, and group dinners. During the last week, I helped out at Centro… Read more Maddie Week 4 Reflection

Rachel: Week 4 Post

by on July 20, 2017 5:57 pm
It’s crazy that our time in Oaxaca is already over. I felt like the trip went so fast, but at the same time, I learned so much that it also felt like I was there for much longer than four weeks. Being back at home now, I can honestly say that the trip hugely impacted… Read more Rachel: Week 4 Post

John's Final Reflection

by on July 20, 2017 12:41 am
Just four short weeks after our first entry, our time in Oaxaca has come to a close. It’s hard to sum up all of the things the trip meant to me in any reasonable amount of space; I’ve found myself at a loss for words this week every time someone asks “How was Mexico?” I… Read more John's Final Reflection

Caroline: Week 4, Oaxaca

by on July 18, 2017 11:23 pm
July 15th, 2017 Well, sitting here at the Houston airport in the middle of a thunderstorm isn’t exactly the best ending to this trip, but at least it gives me time to work on this reflection. Just being here in this airport has actually been an interesting experience for me, just observing the different way… Read more Caroline: Week 4, Oaxaca

Caroline: Week 3, Oaxaca

by on July 18, 2017 11:22 pm
Wow, this past week was pretty crazy/exciting. I was able to shadow at Hospital Civil, the main hospital in Oaxaca, and saw my first surgery (without fainting!), the OBGYN ward and had an amazing day shadowing in pediatrics. I am so grateful that I got the chance to shadow at Civil, as it added a… Read more Caroline: Week 3, Oaxaca

Jo Week 4 Reflection

by on July 17, 2017 9:44 pm
Week four was by far one of the best weeks of the trip. Although I am very sad that the trip is over, our last few days were great. For my last week I shadowed in Hospital Civil. The first two days I went to surgery and the third day I went to pediatrics. What… Read more Jo Week 4 Reflection

Japsimran: Week 3 Oaxaca Reflection

by on July 17, 2017 3:14 pm
During week three in Oaxaca, I shadowed at the Centro de Salud in Lomas de San Jacinto. For all three days, I shadowed Dr. Cipriano. During these three days, we saw patients who were coming for their pregnancy check-ups, individuals managing diabetes and/or hypertension, and those with fevers or some other suspected infections as well.… Read more Japsimran: Week 3 Oaxaca Reflection

Ilya Oaxaca Week 3

by on July 16, 2017 2:07 am
This week has given us a great opportunity to explore Oaxaca beyond the city limits (by shadowing at Lomas de San Jacincto as well as our 2 night trip to San Miguel Peras). Coming back from San Miguel, I had a different perspective on the city. Living in Oaxaca City entitles one to many benefits… Read more Ilya Oaxaca Week 3

Jenny Oaxaca Week 3

by on July 13, 2017 9:01 pm
This weekend was definitely a very eye-opening experience for me because I had never spent time in a rural town and especially one in a foreign country. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with the families in San Miguel Peras and Pensamiento and to learn a little bit more about their… Read more Jenny Oaxaca Week 3

John's Oaxaca Week 3

by on July 13, 2017 4:09 am
This week, Jo, Luz, and I shadowed at Xoxocotlan, and the class travelled to San Miguel Peras for the weekend. I ended up thinking a lot this week about motivational interviewing and way communities and people are given value. On Monday, Dr. Garcia taught us about elements of motivational interviewing. He explained that the most important… Read more John's Oaxaca Week 3

Katie: Oaxaca Week 3 Reflection

by on July 12, 2017 9:05 pm
Micah, Caroline, and I had the opportunity to shadow at Hospital Civil this past week. This was our first time in a Oaxacan hospital, as we had spent the last two weeks shadowing in the Centros de Salud. As the Centro doctors often referred patients to see specialists or have laboratory studies performed at Hospital… Read more Katie: Oaxaca Week 3 Reflection

Jo Week 3 Reflection

by on July 12, 2017 6:39 pm
Week three in Oaxaca once again was an amazing time. My group with Luz and John went to Centro de Salud Xoxocotlan. We had a really positive experience however what I would like to reflect on was our class trip this past weekend. I can’t believe it is already week four and the program is… Read more Jo Week 3 Reflection

William Brown - Week 3 reflection

by on July 12, 2017 5:00 am
This week I was in ISSSTE.  I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to go to two different types of hospitals so that I could compare them and see what I felt about both. During my time at ISSSTE I shadowed physical therapists, an internist and a neurologist.  Shadowing the physical therapists was exciting… Read more William Brown - Week 3 reflection

Carolyn: Week 3 in Oaxaca

by on July 12, 2017 4:17 am
During my third week here in Oaxaca, I had the opportunity of shadowing at the Centro de Salud de Lomas de San Jacinto. Both physicians that I shadowed were very welcoming and took the time to explain everything happening during appointments. Overall, my experience at this clinic was very positive, but the highlight of the… Read more Carolyn: Week 3 in Oaxaca

Micah Trautwein Week 3

by on July 11, 2017 8:51 pm
This week I had the chance to shadow in Hospital Civil. I was impressed by the size and volume of people that stream through this hospital. It also seems crazy to me that Civil not only serves the city and its outskirts but also communities as far as peras and pensamiento. In talking to patients,… Read more Micah Trautwein Week 3

Maddie Week 3

by on July 11, 2017 6:04 pm
This week has been one of the most interesting yet.  I shadowed at ISSSTE with Will and Cristina during the week, then spent the weekend in San Miguel Peras and Pensamiento. The highlight of ISSSTE for me was being able to shadow a neurologist on our last day there.  The doctor was very open to… Read more Maddie Week 3

Rachel: Week 3 Reflection

by on July 11, 2017 6:02 pm
Last week I shadowed in San Agustin, as well as took a weekend trip to Pensamiento and San Miguel Peras. During my time shadowing, I observed the psychologist, one of the doctors, and the dentist. The psychologist is only 22 (my age!), so it was fun to get to talk to him on his breaks,… Read more Rachel: Week 3 Reflection

Libby Week 3 Post

by on July 11, 2017 2:36 am
Last week was another interesting week of clinic shadowing at San Agustin Yatareni, followed by a weekend trip to San Miguel Peras and Pensamiento Liberal Mexicano. I found this trip engaging and interesting in a number of ways, but throughout the weekend I kept remembering back to the lecture on maternal mortality that Paola Sesia… Read more Libby Week 3 Post

Jenny Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 1:52 pm
1) Are the ways we phrase our discussions on patient-doctor interactions in Oaxaca dehumanizing in any form? Does the way you speak about healthcare interactions in the US differ from the way you discuss them in Oaxaca? In our discussions, I am glad that we have become more cognizant of our language and more mindful… Read more Jenny Oaxaca Week 2

Luz: Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 5:14 am
Week 2 at ISSSTE was definitely a more active and eventful setting than our first week at the Centro de Salud San Agustin Yatareni. During our first day, John, Jo, and I shadowed the intern Laura within the internal medicine department. Even though we didn’t get to talk to her too much, it was very… Read more Luz: Oaxaca Week 2

Katie: Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 4:04 am
Before this trip, I had some experience shadowing in U.S. public hospitals. During my freshman and sophomore years, I worked as an intern in Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department through Stanford’s SCOPE programs. As the public safety net hospital, SCVMC provides primary care in the Emergency Department to patients who cannot afford to… Read more Katie: Oaxaca Week 2

Rachel Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 2:25 am
With week two in Oaxaca in the books, I am glad to take the time to reflect on all the unique experiences we have had. Though I got sick in the middle of the week and had to miss a day of clinical shadowing, I had enough time to gather new information, as well as… Read more Rachel Week 2

Micah Trautwein- Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 2:18 am
Are the ways we phrase our discussions on patient-doctor interactions in Oaxaca dehumanizing in any form? Does the way you speak about healthcare interactions in the US differ from the way you discuss them in Oaxaca? I find our discussions dehumanizing in the sense that we have a very limited amount of time and very… Read more Micah Trautwein- Oaxaca Week 2

Jo Blog Post Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 2:18 am
Week two in Oaxaca has been a really amazing adventure. I am truly falling in love with the city and it has been fun to learn more about the history of the pueblos, the culture, and getting to know people both from here and from the other Stanford group! I think this program has far… Read more Jo Blog Post Week 2

Maddie Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 2:14 am
I have really enjoyed our second week in Oaxaca.  It’s been exciting to get to know the city better and observe the Centro de Salud at San Agustin Yatareni.  The experience in the clinic was different than the hospital but also exciting and interesting.  Our trip to El Tule, Hierve el Agua, and Mitla was… Read more Maddie Oaxaca Week 2

Libby Week 2 Post

by on July 3, 2017 2:02 am
This week was my first time in one of the centro’s de salud after being in ISSTE last week, and it was a very different experience than last week. I enjoyed this experience more than the hospital actually because I felt that I was able to observe more human-human interactions rather than focusing more on… Read more Libby Week 2 Post

Caroline: Week 2, Oaxaca

by on July 3, 2017 1:54 am
I know that I said this in my last post, but wow time flies fast! We’re already halfway done with the Oaxaca program, and although Japsimran gives me shade all the time that I can’t tell north from west still (which might be slightly true…but I’m working on it) I feel like I’m starting to… Read more Caroline: Week 2, Oaxaca

Carolyn: Week 2 in Oaxaca

by on July 3, 2017 1:54 am
This past week, I had the opportunity of visiting Hospital Civil in which I shadowed doctors in the neonatal unit, in the emergency room, and during a surgery (hysterectomy). After 2 weeks in Oaxaca and some reflection, I believe that the way in which we have described patient-doctor interactions is not, for the most part,… Read more Carolyn: Week 2 in Oaxaca

John's Oaxaca Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 1:47 am
This week, Luz, Jo, and I shadowed at ISSSTE. Our first day was in Internal Medicine. Working at the hospital was considerably more high-energy than the clinic; we barely spoke to her at all during the day as she rushed from patient to patient or furiously filled out paperwork. We spent the next days in gynecology… Read more John's Oaxaca Week 2

Ilya Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 1:46 am
Coming to Oaxaca, I did not have any particular expectations of local healthcare practice. In fact, most of the expectations that I had of Oaxaca as a society, culture and community, I have derived from the information learned during the Spring quarter class. With fewer expectations, I strived to have a more open-minded approach, in… Read more Ilya Week 2

Japsimran: Week 2 Oaxaca Reflection

by on July 3, 2017 1:38 am
From Tuesday to Thursday this past week, I shadowed at Hospital Civil with Carolyn and Ilya. We had a chance to see Lactante, a care unit for babies who are unable to eat for a variety of reasons, adult emergency, and a hysterectomy in the surgery department. I felt very privileged to be able to… Read more Japsimran: Week 2 Oaxaca Reflection

William Brown- Week 2

by on July 3, 2017 1:17 am
This week I went to San Augustin Yatareni. For the first two days at the clinic we followed Doctora Eugenia. She is a primary care physician within the clinic, I believe there is only one other physician within the clinic. She was extremely helpful and I feel like I learned a lot from her, she… Read more William Brown- Week 2

Luz: Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 27, 2017 9:03 pm
This past week has certainly been one of much observation and learning. I’ve had an amazing week getting to know my homestay family, exploring new foods, understanding the culture, and healthcare system here in Oaxaca. This past week, my group members (John and Joanna) and I had the pleasure of shadowing the psychologist and doctor… Read more Luz: Oaxaca Week 1

Carolyn: Week 1 in Oaxaca

by on June 27, 2017 4:56 am
Even though I’ve only been in Oaxaca for a week, I have already learned so much more than I would have ever expected. One place in particular where I learned a lot from was the centro de salud in Xoxocotlan or “Xoxo” for short. At this clinic, I shadowed general physicians who primarily attended patients… Read more Carolyn: Week 1 in Oaxaca

Ilya Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 27, 2017 3:55 am
The first week has been an immersive experience for me at the Centro de Salud Xoxocotlán. This health center sees and treats patients with the great diversity of needs. As I remember it was mentioned, the Xoxo center places a greater emphasis on prevention – something I’ve realized from observing the lecture on alcoholism being… Read more Ilya Oaxaca Week 1

John's Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 27, 2017 3:09 am
Almost exactly one week ago, I stepped off the plane in Oaxaca’s airport. During the past seven days, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to explore Oaxaca’s rich culture and medical system, and I feel like I’ve already seen a lot that has shifted the way I look at medical practices. This past week, my group mates… Read more John's Oaxaca Week 1

William Brown: First Week in Oaxaca

by on June 26, 2017 9:29 pm
Wow what a first week it has been.  When I first stepped off the plane and onto the ground I was filled with excitement but also hesitation.  As I looked around I was surrounded by beautiful green mountains and fresh air, I was so very excited to be here in Oaxaca, Mexico.  My host brother… Read more William Brown: First Week in Oaxaca

Jenny Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 26, 2017 9:18 pm
This week, my group (Libby, Rachel, and I) shadowed at ISSSTE for three days all in internal medicine. We largely followed and observed a resident, Dr. Laura. Because we spent the three sessions with her, I enjoyed getting to know her and her style of caring for patients. She was also quite knowledgeable and able… Read more Jenny Oaxaca Week 1

Katie: Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 26, 2017 8:58 pm
Micah, Caroline, and I spent our fist clinical rotation at the Centro de Salud in Lomas de San Jacinto, a colonia 20 minutes north of the city by bus. We were able to observe consults conducted by two doctors, who both explained to us that the clinic primarily helps patients manage chronic conditions. Mexico as… Read more Katie: Oaxaca Week 1

Week 1 Post

by on June 26, 2017 8:12 pm
Being in Oaxaca is like nothing I have ever experienced. I haven’t traveled outside the U.S. since I was 2, so I was definitely both excited and nervous to get my first passport stamp. The minute I walked off the plane, I felt insecure about my Spanish speaking. However, the willingness of the locals to… Read more Week 1 Post

Maddie Bennett Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 26, 2017 7:12 pm
Our first week has been full of many new experiences from the food to the culture to the experiences in the clinics and hospitals.  I have really enjoyed getting to know my host mom and family, the cafes and restaurants in the area, and the medical facilities.  The history of Oaxaca that we have learned about… Read more Maddie Bennett Oaxaca Week 1

Libby's Week 1 Oaxaca Post

by on June 26, 2017 6:59 pm
Week 1:   This first week in Oaxaca has been a whirlwind of cultural adjustment and interesting new experiences. Rachel, Jenny, and I all spent last week at ISSTE Hospital in the internal medicine department. Going into the experience I truly had no idea what to expect, especially because I’ve never shadowed a US internal… Read more Libby's Week 1 Oaxaca Post

Joanna Langner Oaxaca Week 1

by on June 26, 2017 6:51 pm
My first week in Oaxaca has been one filled plenty of culture, beautiful colors, and amazing food. I had no idea what to expect going in but I wanted to make sure I started the trip with an open mind so that I could capture and learn as much as possible. I was in a… Read more Joanna Langner Oaxaca Week 1