Written by Hamad Zafar, DPM, PGY-2 at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Podiatric Surgery Residency Program while on Global Health rotation at Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam in June 2017.
Every year the current second year Podiatric surgical residents at the Kaiser South Bay Consortium travel to Da Nang, Vietnam for an one week mission trip at the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Being a second year resident, this year it was my turn to travel with my co-residents Dr. Aarron Flowers and Dr. Eric Shi to Vietnam. Leading us on the trip was one of our attending from Kaiser San Leandro Dr. Glenn Weinraub, a veteran to this mission trip as this was his seventh trip in eight years. Also joining us on this trip were Catherine La and Cindy Lee, nurse anesthetist for Kaiser Fremont and San Leandro, and Dr. William Slikker, attending Orthopedic Hand Surgeon at Kaiser San Leandro.
We took off from San Francisco late Friday night on June 2nd and after 18 plus hours of travel we arrived at Da Nang International Airport early Sunday morning of June 4th. We lost a day due to the time difference but we were all excited to be in Vietnam.
We quickly settled into our hotel room and began preparations for clinic the following day. It also helped that the views from our hotel room and resort were…