We are heading to Ica, Peru on Friday night. We must ride about five hours south after landing in Lima on Saturday morning, and we start screening patients on Sunday morning. I am packing my hearing screener, scrubs, tongue depressors…no time to post! Thankfully, Ica is a small city without the urban sprawl of Lima, so we will have a short daily commute, rather than up to two hours each way. A team of patient recruiters has been finding kids with clefts and arranging for their transportation to the hospital. Many of our previous patients, who reside in Huancavelica, will come down to Ica to be seen. Our contingent of 4 medical students has grown to an army of 25! We will also have a teaching day with SLPs, med students and nurses from the area on Monday. We hope to work on future plans and collaborations with our colleagues from all over Peru.
Speech Team this time is
Shari Salzhauer Berkowitz, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor at Mercy
Helen Buhler, PhD, CCC-SLP, professor and program director at Mercy
Lindsay Naylor, MS, CF-SLP, veteran of the Previous Lima trip and proud Mercy alum
Jessica N. Schwartz, Mercy graduate student, soon to be a CF
Nos vemos! I will try to write regularly…