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A group of UCLA medical students got the opportunity to work and learn under the extreme conditions of Peru’s health system.

“The health system in Peru is in crisis,” says Ernesto Salazar, the only brain surgeon in the region. (1/7)  https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/remote-amazon-jungle-hospital-u-s-med-students-learn-vital-n1025256 

The med students are working at a remote hospital in Iquitos, Peru, the largest city in the world that can’t be accessed by road. The hospital has limited resources, including limited access to medicine, technology, and an ICU with only 6-beds. (2/7)

UCLA student A.J. Green put her lessons to use when she helped a woman who just had her gallbladder removed. Green saw signs of distress and insisted she go to the ICU, saving the patient's life.

“This is what the whole thing is about.” (3/7)

One of the students, Diana Partida, says she grew up with family members who struggled to get proper medical care.

“So it's really special to me to be able to work with patients in an underserved area because it just hits close to home,” she said. (4/7)

"Programs like these provide valuable training to those on the front lines in delivering health care to underserved, vulnerable communities across the country,” Craig Kennedy, executive dir. of Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, said. (5/7)  https://nbcnews.to/2xEgSUn 

"I have no question that they’ll be better doctors. It changes who they are,” Dr. Kelsey Martin, the dean of UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, said about students participating in the program. (6/7)  https://nbcnews.to/2xEgSUn 

Experts say exposing medical students to challenging environments is crucial given the escalating crisis in American medicine, with hundreds of hospitals at risk of closing in America, National Rural Health Association reports. (7/7) #NBCNewsThreads


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