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January 22, 2015

Religion and Temple Visits in India

Bylakuppe One of the great things about our trip to India is learning about different religions. We have been so lucky to visit many temples during our stay in Manipal. From visiting these temples we are able to learn a little about each religion and the history behind the temples we visit. Karkala We were able to take a day trip to Karkala where we went to the 1000 Pillars Temple and the famous statue of Gommateshwara—both are associated with Jainism. Jainism is an Indian religion that promotes extreme nonviolence towards all living beings. Those who practice the Jain religion follow three...
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January 22, 2015

Infrastructure in Manipal, Karnataka, India

Frequent questions I've received from family, friends, and colleagues are: Where are you and what is it like? Where I am is fairly easy to answer; I am in the town of Manipal in the Udupi district of the Indian state of Karnataka. Manipal could be described as a college town dominated by Manipal University and as a suburb of the nearby city of Udupi. Manipal’s population is approximately 34,000. What it’s like here is a much harder question to answer and I won’t be able to fully answer it here. Instead I’d like to write a bit about the infrastructure of the area to help provide some context...
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January 22, 2015

The Face of Alzheimer's

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Ann W. Caldwell President's Lecture featured Greg O'Brien, a patient with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and his team of family and clinicians. After describing their perspective on caring for someone with dementia, the panel answered questions from the audience of second-year graduate students. The video captures the poignant, often funny, and sometimes sorrowful conversation. Because time did not allow the moderator to pose all the student questions, I have included them here in hopes of continuing the discussion. Questions for Greg : Symptoms What was...
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January 16, 2015

Observed Hospital Differences between U.S. and India

My first clinical assignment during our month long stay in Manipal, India was at Kasturba Hospital. Referred to as "postings" by the College of Nursing, these short visits to floors such as the ICUs and Causalities (equivalent to our Emergency Departments) provided us with much insight to the differences between healthcare here in India and the United States. For myself, I had no idea what the hospital conditions would be like or what type of patients we would see. It was necessary to acknowledge our own privilege before analyzing the healthcare setting. Studying in Boston, we had the...
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January 15, 2015

Food and Nutrition in Manipal, India

Hello from India. I am in my final semester of the direct entry NP program, adult/geriatric acute care track. I worked as a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition support before starting school at MGH IHP. I am also a lover of food. We have had the chance to try a variety of new and exciting foods, have seen some of what local people eat and what their nutrition problems are, visited a community nutrition program for children and observed nutrition support in the hospital. When we first arrived to India, we were not always sure what we were eating but we have learned a lot. The above...
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January 13, 2015

Hinduism in India

Hinduism is the most common religion in India, with more than 85% of the population being Hindu. As students visiting Manipal University, we immediately noticed how Hinduism plays a large part in the every day life of the people in Manipal, Udupi. Hinduism has no single founder, scripture or common set of teachings. They do, however, worship a number of deities. Hindus believe in being reborn, which is governed by Karma, and we have noticed most villagers are very honest and respectful. One of our first days here we visited Sri Krishna temple, which is a very famous temple in this region of...
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January 13, 2015

IHP NP Students' Immersion in India

Third year NP students from the Institute arrived in India to embark on an experience of a lifetime. They hit the ground running with a packed schedule of visits to village clinics, child care and malnutrition programs, and hospital wards. While the trip over was long and tiring it seems to be well worth the effort! In addition to their clinical activities, each student is focusing on one topic that will be used as a basis for their Scholarly Project - a requirement for graduation. Their topics are framed by the UN Millennium Development Goals and encompass the pressing issues of global...
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January 9, 2015

Day Seven: Soco and Playa Bandera Azul

Our last day in the Dominican Republic began with a now familiar routine. Everyone met in the dining hall for breakfast at 7 am and then prepared for the day. The medical team checked the contents of their bins, adding more vitamins or relabeling ziploc bags. The surgical team went over their schedule for the day and wrote down what supplies they would need. Erika Fernandez takes a photo of a mother and her sons who came for a consult. I joined the nursing students on the yellow school bus for the ride to Soco, the site of our morning clinic. Unlike the bateyes we had visited Monday through...
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January 8, 2015

Day Six: Batey Verde

Day six is my favorite day, so far, in this journey. I think I needed a few days to "warm up" and by day six, I finally found my groove. I felt confident in myself and in our team. Further, interacting with the people we were serving came more naturally. I spent most of the day taking blood pressures so that I could greet patients as they entered the clinic. My Spanish had improved to the point where I could say "hello", "how are you?", "thank you" and "wait there for the doctor". I know these are phrases most people already know, but I was pretty proud of my accomplishment. There were even a...
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January 7, 2015

Day Five: Batey Campinas de Lechuga

Each weekday Mertie Potter and the nurse practitioner students are visiting a different batey to support a mobile health clinic. The staff at Casa Pastoral orchestrate the intricate schedule. A yellow school bus picks up each of the three mission groups around 8 am to transport us to a work site. We carry all our supplies including medicines, lunch, and toys to give away. The line forms to enter the clinic site. Today's destination was a batey called Campinas de Lechuga, about 45 minutes drive from La Romana. The bus also carried a team of Dominican doctors, translators, a dentist, and staff...
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