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Amy Alayari – Lessons Learned from GMT

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Why did I choose to go to Nicaragua?

Before my GMT experience, I had only traveled to tourist locations or well-developed countries with my family. I wanted to gain an awareness of what is going on outside of Southern California’s picturesque bubble and travel independently without my usual support structure. Furthermore, I had grown accustomed to learning from textbooks and lecture rooms, and I wanted to experience the human side of medicine and gain clinical experience with patients...

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GMT Nicaragua Shadowing Experience

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As I watched the airport shuttle carry the rest of the GMT Nicaragua participants towards the airport, I was not exactly sure what I had gotten myself into. The GMT staff was gracious enough to organize an extended stay and observation experience for me in the Masaya Hospital. All of a sudden I found myself to be the sole gringo, and was hit with a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Soon, Dr. Chavez and I were on a public bus from Managua to Masaya. There would be no more chartered buses and very little speaking of English; it was time to be immersed.....

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GMT Nicaragua Thank you

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Hey Dr. Wil,

I just want to thank you for providing us students such a wonderful opportunity to provide basic medical services that we take for granted to less fortunate people in Nicaragua. It was a very humbling experience interacting with such people and seeing the conditions in which they live. I had a wonderful time and gained much practical knowledge and insights into Nicaraguan culture from you and your amazing staff. I can't wait to go back to learn more and to take part in helping more people. You are truly an inspirational figure. Once again, thank you.

-Siraaj Dawood

   

My dental experience in GMT Nicaragua

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            GMT Nicaragua offers unforgettable learning and cultural experience for students seeking to become dentists. The coordinators and doctors guided each and every one of us from the day we arrived at the airport until the very end.

            The clinics provide us with a range of pragmatic dental experience, from basic cleaning and doing temps to doing fillings and composites for cavities. In addition to learning common

            Every single clinic day offers a unique experience with different patients and cases at different settings and environments. As a result, I learned to provide the best service and treatment for each patient under difficult conditions with limited supplies in some facilities or other unexpected events. The most unfortunate aspect about the trip was the lack of power at some places we worked at, preventing us from using some of the equipment. Hence, we could not proceed with treatments like composites for severe cavities we encountered.

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Thank you letter

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Hello Dr. Johnson,

I don't know if you remember me, but I went on two consecutive GMT trips in Panama this past 3 weeks.

I just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing time and appreciate what GMT has done to me. It really helped me solidified my dreams. I also am really inspired by what your programs doing in many communities - it's exactly what I wish to do in the future and why I want to become a doctor. Thank you!

p.s.: I wish I had a chance to meet you. Hope all is well with you!

Sincerely,
Gloria Kim
   

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Before venturing on my GMT trip to Nicaragua, I was unsure as to if I wanted to pursue the medical profession or not. I am not declared pre-med, nor was I using this trip to make myself more applicable for medical school. I used this trip to find myself & to discover what my true passion really is. As an engineering major, I believe I am able to solve problems rather efficiently and I discovered that being a doctor would require essentially the same tools. I know now what I want to become. Now it is time to figure out how to get there. I will continue to be thankful everyday for what GMT has given me and I hope to return to my GMT family one day.- Amy Guisinger, 21, University of Florida