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DR Trip Testimonial

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 Dear Dr. Wil,

It was a wonderful trip in the Dominican Republic, going on the GMT trip was a great learning experience. Not only did I learn more about medicine and various diseases, I also learned about the culture and demographics of Dominican, and some spanish. In fact, after the trip I made a 2011 "new year's resolution" to learn full-on spanish by the end of the year. The GMT staff were absolutely amazing, they welcomed us with open arms and a loving heart, they adopted us for one week, they made sure we were safe, happy, and
healthy.

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Testimonial

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Dear Dr. Wil,

 I am writing this email to you to tell you thank you.  The GMT Nicaragua trip was an experience unlike anything I have ever been a part of.  It took me a few days when I got back home to realize what exactly I had just been through, but the moment that it hit me I was blown away.  This experience was everything I imagined it would be and more.  My family asked me to describe my experience and tell them what I learned, but I struggled to be able to put into words what was going through my head.  I tried to depict to them the culture and environment that I was surrounded by and how a typical clinic day worked, but I felt like I couldn't justify my experience.  

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Thanks again for GMT!

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Hi Dr. Wil,

I just wanted to email you and thank you once again for allowing me to go on your trip to Nicaragua and everything else you did for me while I was in Nica. I had so much fun with everything I did! Everyone was so nice and helpful and fun to spend time with, both during clinics and outside of the clinics. I was hocked with how much I learned in such a short period of time. I anticipated learning on the trip, but I never would have guessed that I would learn as much as I did. I loved the hands on experience that came with the clinic days, but it was nice to know that there was a smart doctor

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Thank you letter from a tripper

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Thank you doctoras for letting me work with you and learn some of the nuances of being a doctor. By letting me into your world, I was able to experience the culture and the people of Nicaragua. The joy I experienced from being able to meet, interact with, and help patients reinforced my desire to become a doctor and can be attributed to your guidance and kindness for the past two weeks.

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The Art of Medicine

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By Gaby Martinez
Former President of GMT - University of Texas

GMT'ers,

Last night I was working on my Texas A&M secondary application and one of the essay questions was:
"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." Discuss briefly how you would fulfill this commitment as a physician. (250 words or less)
One of the hardest things about applying to medical school is to be able to put everything you want in 1 page, half a page, one paragraph. Gosh, and it definitely was one of the biggest challenges for me, considering I'm known for NOT writing short e-mails. I wished I could write non-stop until I run out of thoughts, but in the world of applying to medical school this is far from being true.

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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