Excerpts from the latest Medical Report given by Dr. Cholene Espinoza, Director of GEMS Medical Programs, after her recent trip to South Sudan.
“After being here teaching medical students, I am relaying my impressions for you, our donors, to have some of the latest information about our work. The negatives are always the conditions, but the positives are the dedication and enthusiasm of the students. Regarding our psychiatric program, Fatima Ladu is running the daily programs with the patients. We are assisting with meds and equipment as needed. Aquillino will be assisting her and sending reports on the program. In addition to the eight medical students we are supporting, Aquillino is enrolled in the Clinical Associates program, has matriculated and done very well on his exams. We are trying to find proper housing for him, as he is still living in a tent, but is dedicated to this program. As part of our teaching, we have purchased tablets for students to observe surgical videos. This is extremely useful, as there is a great shortage of professors, so with the assistance of St. George’s University in Grenada, we are partners in providing these tools for learning. We hope this gives you a sense of our medical programs and what we, GEMS, have invested in the future of these students. When I see the changes in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, measurable exam score differences in the students as well as the Clinical Associates, and their surgical skills, I know we are making a difference. If nothing else, they have said that my coming all this way and the money GEMS and others have provided, gives them hope that they are not forgotten. Needless to say, we are extremely grateful for all the support that our donors have provided to GEMS.”