First Medical Team Serves in the Dominican Republic

During the week of June 5, 2023, a team of medical students from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio became Medicine in Mission’s first medical mission team!

Under the leadership of Medicine in Mission’s president Dr. Steven Repas the team of 16 students participated in teaching the public emergency medicine techniques and teaching children in schools and churhces about hygiene, nutrition, and exercise.

The team also had the opportunity to tour an emergency department of a local hospital and talk with the local doctors about techniques used in emergency medicine.

Giving physicals to children in the poorest neighborhoods was also on the agenda. Dr. Repas showed the students how to gently check the heart, ears, mouth and general physical well-being of young children.

Of particular interest was the staging of natural and man-made disasters. The team members played victims in need of medical assistance. After instruction on emergency medical techniques, by the team, local citizens patched up wounds, stopped bleeding and carried the “medical student victims” to safety. This was all done in association with the International Ministry of Police Chaplains. Each participant received a beautiful certificate of participation from the Police Chaplains

Medicine in Mission also partnered with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in the Dominican to use their churches for instructing church members in nutrition and emergency medical techniques. We are particularly grateful to Pastor Sergio for making arrangements for our team to have access to the public schools in Santo Domingo.

We look forward to future trips of doctors and medical students.