Independence Day in Montevideo!
It’s July 4th and it’s raining steadily and is about 45 degrees. We’ve had a free travel weekend, turned in term papers and taken final exams in the past 5 days. Look at your favorite student’s Facebook page to learn more about their free travel weekend.
Today is our second-to-last day in Montevideo and the final day of shadowing at Escuela Roosevelt and Hospital de Clinicas. We took gifts of thanks to our hosts at each location with carefully written letters. (It’s surprising how long it can take to hand write a letter in a language that’s not your first language…even if someone else does all the translating for you!) This has been an excellent opportunity for our students. You will see more photos from the Escuela Roosevelt because they have signed releases to allow photos of their students. At the hospital we are very careful not to violate any patient’s privacy, so we have taken only a few photos with the physicians and professors who have been so gracious and allowed our students to follow them on their rounds and or observe surgeries. It’s interesting because each of the physicians asked us to please email a copy of the photographs we took. They seem to have enjoyed having our students and teaching them a little about the practice of medicine in the Uruguay. Our students have observed discussions of complicated cases, insertion of stints and other heart procedures, patient evaluations, patients being bathed and cared for in other ways. We are very impressed with the personal concern shown by Uruguayan physicians and nurses who know their patients well and place high value on strong relationships between patient and professional staff.
I’ve asked each of the students to post a comment after this post that is a reflection on what they’ve observed and learned about the influence of culture on the practice of medicine in Uruguay. We are grateful to have had this experience and will miss the students and faculty who have become our Casa ACU family.