My experience in El Salvador was true privilege. It allowed me to directly work with an amazing patient population on cancer prevention and early detection, as well as acute medical issues. I visited patients in their homes when they were too sick to have an appointment in clinic or lived in a remote community and had no access to transportation. It reaffirmed my desire to help the poor and sick as a physician. It was wonderful to be a part of the El Fundo de Emergencia. My experience in El Salvador gave me the opportunity to learn about this excellent model first hand while being on the team. The El Fundo de Emergencia works extremely hard in El Salvador to encompass all aspects of health care: preventative health, mental health and acute care. While serving as a volunteer for the El Fundo, I saw its effects of promoting education and empowering the community to live and support each other in a positive peaceful manner. I plan to integrate my experience in El Salvador among my future patients, both in the Pacific Northwest and in the international community.
Jyoti Mayadev, MD, Providence Portland Medical Center
Usulutan, El Salvador
March 17-29, 2005