Panama Medical Expedition

Study Medical Science & Public Health in Panama


The original gigantic dredging machines that dug the Panama Canal are still in daily operation, more than 110 years after first starting their engines?

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Get ready to see where the city meets the jungle! Flying into Panama City will amaze you today! Upon arrival, your group will transfer to your hotel in the Cerro Patacon region of the city.

Meet the team from International Medical Relief that you’ll be working with on this expedition and enjoy a group dinner and orientation. We will go over clinic protocols, patient care guidelines, safety and security, how we work together as a team, schedules, and much more.

Your group will be working in a church located in the heart of the indigenous community in the garbage dump – one of the largest in the Americas. These hard-working people receive little care and will be awaiting your arrival. You’ll see everything in these clinics from the newborn to the very elderly with many families of all ages. Much of their hygiene revolves around bathing in the many small streams, the same source for their drinking water. You will see wounds, infections, general illness, cerumen removal, and some tropical disease as well. You will diagnose, educate, and provide medications as appropriate. This is a wonderful clinic with something for everyone to help with!

Your group will be leaving the hotel early today for a trip to the jungle! Motorized canoes followed by a short hike will take you to the location of your next clinic. Throughout the day today and tomorrow the surrounding villages will arrive and you will have the opportunity to treat patients from many different tribes.

You’ll be spending the night tonight – don’t forget your sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and free-standing mosquito net. You can choose to sleep outside (bring a tent if you like) or inside the school house. Local cooks will prepare your meals and you will be amazed as the stars come out and the milky way shines bright. Bring your tripod for some astrophotography if you are so inclined!

Spend the morning in clinic where more villagers will arrive by canoe, flatboat, and maybe even horseback.

In the afternoon, your group will pack up and hike back to your canoes to begin the journey to the city. Tonight and tomorrow night you will spend the night in Casco Viejo – the heart of the tourist area.

You will be transported to the Miraflores Locks this morning and will spend the first half of the day watching ships as they lumber upwards toward the Pacific Ocean. The afternoon will find you back in Casco Viejo with time to relax on the balcony, shop for treasures, head for the beach, or explore the area with your group.

Enjoy a group dinner in Casco and choose from nouveau haute cuisine, simple fare and delicious ice cream.

Depending on your flight times, the day is yours! Consider extending your stay to see more of what this incredible country has to offer!

Welcome to Panama!

In partnership with International Medical Relief, your group will be working with indigenous people and small villages throughout Panama. On this trip, you will be part of a continuing effort to help some of Panama’s poorest groups of indigenous people and the indigenous community that works in the largest garbage dump in Panama City. Your group will also work in small villages where 8 different indigenous communities will come together to receive care and travel by various modes of transportation into the Panamanian jungle, plus one night of camping in the village! All of the other nights you will be in a lovely hotel in Panama City – this trip is the perfect mix. You will have a great adventure, seeing first-hand how your patients live, in the city and in the jungle, while helping hundreds of indigenous people.

With the International Medical Relief team, your group will help ensure that these tribes survive and have the health care that they need – we combat these acute illnesses through a strong focus on preventative education and with your fantastic skills by providing acute medical and dental care. From an education perspective, your team will focus on clean drinking water, water storage, and sanitation.


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