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Yellow Team (Plastics/Derm/Podiatry): Saturday, July 23rd

Saturday was another relatively late start; my team didn't start until after 7. So, I took my team eating breakfast before I headed over to the Yellow tent, where plastic surgery, dermatology, and podiatry were located. After standing outside waiting for direction for a few minutes, I took charge and just entered the tent. There wasn't much to do in the reception room, so I spun off to the left and found myself in the plastic surgery area, where a patient was being prepped for a procedure.

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Historical Roots

Courtesy of the MAA and the NAA*, we did a few 'cultural' activities on Friday and Saturday evening. The first activity was heading to Big Stone Gap (about 20 or so miles from Wise) to attend an outdoor theater production. It was held behind the June Tolliver Playhouse, where the character of June Tolliver stayed while in school in Big Stone Gap.



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*Medical Alumni Association and Nursing Alumni Association

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Getting Them Through The Line

Triage: Friday, July 22nd

My final rotation on Friday was triage. It's a lot more interesting than it sounds, I promise. We do everything before they go back into medical to see the physicians and students back there. So, we started with basic vitals: blood pressure, blood glucose, temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate, and O2 saturation. I'm getting pretty good at getting a manual bp reading, though I still don't do it the way they taught us to in CPD, which may be problematic when it comes time to be tested on those.

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Bad Teeth

Dental: Friday, July 22nd

One of the biggest sections of RAM is the dental section. Why? Because while some people are able to get health care, dental services are much more difficult to come by, largely because they're fee-for-service. There are very few people with access to dental insurance.

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A Day In The Life

Blue Team (General Medicine): Friday, July 22nd

This rotation was a logistics nightmare. First, we were supposed to have rotations each day from 6 am – 6 pm (with rotations every 3-6 hours, depending on the rotation). But they decided this year to mix it up and start at different times. So while the student starting on Emergency started at 4:30 am, we on the Blue Team started at 8 am. Then, the team was divided between UVA physicians and students and EVMS physicians and students, which made it difficult to fairly distribute the patients. Then, we started with the EKG machine in our area, and so we were being crowded out by the patients waiting for an EKG.

But, it was still a good experience, I just wish it had been better logistically.

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Seeking Shelter

RAM Day 2: Thursday, July 21st

We had a breakfast call at 7:30 this morning to leave for the fairgrounds at 8. Each car was assigned a task once we unloaded the second truck (the one from climate control storage), and our car was lucky enough to snag sorting through the supply carts for each section. Unfortunately, the task was much more difficult than we originally anticipated, and we clashed heads often on what sort of materials needed to be included.

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A Woman By Any Name

There are two distinct activities at RAM. The first is prescheduled screenings, both for GYN and for GI. These were held at the Wise County Health Department, a couple miles from the fairgrounds themselves. The second is the stand in line and see how much you can get done in one day at the fairgrounds.

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Moving Out and Setting Up

*Because there are people outside my friends list interested in this particular series of blogs, they will remain public until the end of August. If you're not interested in this sort of thing, I apologize. There will be a fairly lengthy series of them, postdated and posted over the next couple days.*

RAM DAY 1: Wednesday, July 20th

RAM: Remote Area (Medicine) Clinic. It is an event that takes place in SW Virginia every year to provide much needed dental, vision, and medical services to people who wouldn't otherwise have access to them.

We've been preparing for this moment for months. The thirty or so of us picked for this job meet up at 7:30, a time that most of us would have otherwise been sleeping, and load up our cars. Still rubbing the sleep from our eyes, we drive over to the storage area, where we proceed to unpack two storage rooms filled to the brim with medical supplies and load them into a rental truck. The work is hard, and most of us are sweating through our shirts by the time we finish around 9.

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Guest Blogger

I'm the guest blogger at Life in Labels today.

... If only Joceline knew how many blogs I really had :)