Although the last patient of the day left the operating room at 7:30pm after undergoing bilateral total knee replacements by Dr. Dennis Burke, the floor still hummed with activity well into the evening. The nursing staff was hard at work most of the day organizing the admitted patients from clinic and helping care for the patients that underwent joint replacement today. This effort is aided by the invaluable contribution of health care providers from the Dominican Republic.
The Op Walk mission is incredibly fortunate to work with a large group of medical students, residents, and attending physicians from the Dominican Republic who help us navigate a medical system that is different from the one we left in Boston. Their enthusiasm for patient care and willingness to partner with us was integral to the success of our first full day in Santo Domingo.
A hearty breakfast at 5:30am carried the group into the afternoon as we met our patients for the first time, consolidated the operating room schedule for the week and began carrying out the first operations of this year’s mission. As the hours flew by, I was impressed with how well the staff at the HGPS, nurses, surgical teams, anesthesiologists, therapists and coordinators were able to troubleshoot any logistical problems that arose and keep the day moving smoothly.
The pictures below capture a few moments of today, and a big thank you to Jill Ng, who gets all the credit for these photos.
-Dan Tobert, orthopaedic surgery residen