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Faith in Practice/Obras Sociales del Hermano Santo Pedro – Alexandra (Jana) Freeman, MD

Written by Alexandra (Jana) Freeman, MD, PGY-4 at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Ob/Gyn Residency Program while on Global Health rotation at Faith in Practice/Obras Sociales del Hermano Santo Pedro in Antigua, Guatemala in May 2017.

Sunday was triage day.  We unpacked all of our surgical equipment, set up the operating rooms, and saw over 30 patients who had travelled many hours on foot and by bus for surgical evaluation and treatment. Some could not afford the operation in their home village, most simply could not access care.  We organized our week and scheduled the most complex cases at the beginning of the week so we could watch them over several days post operatively: older women with complete uterine prolapse, young women with cervical dysplasia, pelvic masses, many with

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