- Dates: 12/17/2022-12/23/2022
- Officers: Tuan Pham, Yang Liu, Jacob Coronado
- Members: 15
- This medical mission trip took us to Brewster and Presidio County. The first two days were spent traveling to Alpine, TX. We stopped in San Antonio on the first day and explored the riverwalk during Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias around Christmastime.
We arrived in Alpine, TX on Sunday and had the chance to explore Alpine, visit Dr. Billings and his family, meet the two Drs. Ray, eat at local restaurants, and then drove to see the Marfa lights that evening. On Monday morning, we split ourselves
into two groups. One group of nursing and medical students worked with Dr. Ray at the Presidio Medical Clinic while the other group went to Terlingua, TX to tour the local EMS center and speak with the emergency response crew and learn what their
jobs were like being so isolated and self-reliant. After the tour, students were directed to the Big Bend Resort & Adventures Hotel where they were able to help set up a pop-up screening clinic and screen residents of Terlingua for medical
problems. Residents with more serious medical problems were referred and given the contact information for office of Dr. Ray at the Presidio Medical Clinic.
That evening, the students met back in Alpine for dinner and after, they hiked
up Hancock hill to see the city at night. On Tuesday morning, a group of students went to hike in the Davis Mountains State Park. When they returned, the group then again was split into two, with a group of nursing and medical students heading
to Presidio to work with Dr. Ray. The remaining students stayed in Alpine to tour and help set up a pop-up clinic at the Sunshine clinic located in town.
Later in the day, Dr. Billings took a smaller group of UTMB students to Marathon,
TX along with a few students from the SOM at Texas Tech Lubbock to set up another pop-up clinic. Horses were also brought with them for a impromptu animal therapy lesson. That evening, students met back in Alpine for dinner and had the opportunity
to travel to the McDonald Observatory for the star party event there.
On Wednesday morning, students were able to travel to Candelaria, TX to bring medical supplies, clothing items, and presents for the children. Students were also
able to explore the small border town and meet with some of the residents there. Any extra presents not given away in Candelaria were brought back to the Presidio clinic for the clinic staff to hand out. After a brief stop in Presidio, students
then traveled back to San Antonio and then Galveston, concluding the trip.
(L to R) - FdS14; Background: Kimberly Sanchez-Quintero, Jenny Jaimes, Elysse Reyes, Kevin Chen, Liam de Vassal, Jacob Coronado; Middle Row: Jayanand Mijagirim Tuan Pham, Nova Claire Philips, Emma Tomes, Yang Liue, Alondra Uribe-Sanchez, Adonai Paz; Foreground:
Laura Galvan, Dr. Norma Perez, Elizabeth Tran.
FdS Members at Presidio County Medical Clinic (L to R) - FdS15; Background: Tuan Pham, Liam de Vassal, Elysse Reyes, Jayanand Mijagiri, Stanley Troung, Nova Claire Philips, Alondra Uribe-Sanchez, Adonai Paz, Dakota Rodgers; Middle: Emma Tomes, Jenny Jaimes,
Kevin Chen, Kimberly Sanchez-Quintero; Foreground: Laura Galvan, Jacob Coronado, Yang Liu, Izzy Favela, Elizabeth Tran
FdS members organizing supplies at the Sunshine Clinic in Alpine for screening event (L to R) - FdS16: Stanley Troung, Liam de Vassal, Kevin Chen, Emma Tomes
FdS Members at Screening Clinic in Marathon with students from Texas Tech Lubbock SOM – FdS17: Elysse Reyes, Laura Galvan, Jenny Jaimes, Jacob Coronado