Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 15:35
Last month, I visited Los Pinos del Eden, a tiny, beautiful town in a rural, mountainous region of the Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. I was leading a group of eight women on a public health service-learning trip for Una Vida, a local non-profit I’ve spent years collaborating with to cultivate meaningful short-term service work.
During our trip, under the supervision of the local Ministry of Public Health, our volunteers were able to shadow a Dominican family physician as she performed screening for cervical cancer.
After watching the physician complete a pap smear, the provider offered the volunteer the chance to perform the exam herself on the following patient.