Our trip consisted of twelve doctors, who traveled to six rural areas in Costa Rica. We spent six full days treating a total of 4,500 patients. Our team consisted of a plastic surgeon, two podiatrists, pediatricians, GI specialists, primary care, a dentist, and pulmonologists. We also had nurses and nurse practitioners that participated in patient care. We also brought along college and high school students that are interested in medicine. They translated for us and also assisted with patient care. In total, the size of our team was 64.
As a podiatrist, I evaluated a lot of children with foot deformities. We also performed small procedures such as injections, drainage of infections, and toenail procedures. All of the supplies donated from the Henry Schein Cares Foundation was greatly needed, and used by myself, the plastic surgeon, the nurses, and the primary care doctors. Without the help of Henry Schein Cares, we would not have been able to provide patients with medications or wound care supplies, and we would not have been able to perform and procedures.