Professor Eugenio (Gene) Lee


The below quote was written by Professor Eugenio (Gene) Lee. This is a true reflection of his attitudes, as well as, that of the people we serve. He is our Panamanian advisor and instructor of our GMT interpreters provided for you. You will meet him on the trip and in the clinics. He has a lot to give to you and to share with you re Pana culture, history, government, economics, humanity and more. He is warm, accessible and personable…get to know him. He represents the ideal that we strive for in all GMT countries. He sent this to me Dec. 7, 2009.
‘’The young people I've been working with here in Las Tablas [interpreters] are bright and either graduated from U or are nearing graduation. Been exposing them to medical English and helping them to understand that they should try to help the "Americanos" and be bridges in the clinics and cultural guides at the personal level. I've made them aware that the GMT crews [students] go to a lot of expense and sacrifice to come on these trips because they are in search of hands-on experiences and have a deep concern for people. They are seeking ways to deepen their commitment to people and to understand demands, challenges, and beauty of the field. In these trips the students come to bring out the best in themselves, to stretch and discover the wondrous, delicious, and unlimited possibilities of being a simple and caring human being. They come because they are worthy and it is worth their while because they are earnest to make it so.’’
One of the patient's that I will never forget were two little girls of the ages 5 and 6, who portrayed symptoms of malnutrition, which I later learned that it was due to the lack of parental/guardian supervision. Apart from their poor health conditions, they also lived in poor living conditions, where both of them had to sleep in the floor and one of them did not own a pair of shoes. After, diagnosing the patients and consulting with each member from my group, we thought that the best GMT can do is to provide both of them with sufficient vitamins, iron tablets, and parasite treatment for at least 2 months. Even then, we thought that giving the little girls these medications was very little in our dispense. This was one of the cases that definitely marked my perspective about the patient's healthcare in third world countries and how the poverty in Panama is incomparable to first world poverty.- Angela, Junior, Hunter College