Trinity School of Medicine Students Join Latest World Pediatric Project Mission to St. Vincent
The World Pediatric Project conducted another visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and as is usually the case, Trinity School of Medicine's 5th term students were by their side. This latest trip was an orthopedic mission lead by Dr. Eric Gordon, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon from St. Louis Children's Hospital and St. Louis Shriner's Hospital. Joining him on his visit were pediatric orthopedic fellow Dr. Justin Roth, pediatric anesthesiologist Dr. Robert Moore, recovery nurse Kim Cordia, OR nurse Patricia Long, physical therapist Tracy Przybylski, and WPP team leader Megan Donnelley. This is actually the second orthopedic visit to the island this year. Typically on St. Vincent, WPP missions are one major specialty, once a year. Surgical orthopedics, however, traditionally has two major visits, one before summer, once right after.
The trips are divided into two parts, clinic day, and then the procedures themselves. On clinic day, the students worked with Dr. Gordon, examining (and, in some cases, following up with) thirty children with a variety of orthopedic issues. After close evaluation, twenty were deemed surgical cases to be addressed during the mission. Throughout the consultations, students assisted as scribes, but also asked questions, were prompted to offer input, and assisted in physical examinations.
When asked about the experience, Trinity fifth term student Caleb Ackman said, “I was happy to observe and learn from Dr. Gordon’s skill in examining the kids and getting them to cooperate with him as he manipulated their arms and legs.” He continued, “That was something that I’ve definitely had trouble with. Now, having watched his methods, when I go on clinical rotations, I'll be adopting some of his techniques.”
One of the major benefits of the World Pediatric Project missions is how it focuses Trinity's clinical approach to education with its visiting experts, offering a fresh, seasoned perspective in a given specialty. Trinity student Utsa Thapa was quick to note, “In class, it’s the concepts, but here we're getting the practice in action from a seasoned professional focused on patient care and open to teaching, rather than a teacher. It changes their behavior in a very useful way.” Utsa continued, "The process helps you to get further advanced in your studies, because this is the real world of medicine in action. I’d definitely recommend this program to future students. It’s so rewarding!”