Temple Emergency Acton Corps (TEAC), in affiliation with Temple University School of Medicine, was founded by a group of medical students in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. TEAC’s mission is twofold: to educate future physicians in medical disaster relief and utilize medical students as a resource for the provision of sub-acute disaster relief care. TEAC is dedicated to providing compassionate, culturally conscious medical care in cases of local, national, and international disasters.
TEMPLE EMERGENCY ACTION CORPS ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
"Cities in Crisis: Solutions and Resources to the Urban Health Disaster"
October 19th, 2013
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SPRING 2013: TRIP TO Panama
In April of 2013, eighteen TEAC medical students, two Temple University Hospital
attending physicians, Dr. Lleras Samuels and Dr. Alvin Wang, along with chief
emergency medical resident Dr. Jim Miranda and pediatrician Dr. Eyda Samuels,
traveled to Panama to assist communities with limited access to medical care.
The TEAC team provided free medical care, counseling, and medications in a
weeklong medical clinic that was open to the surrounding communities of Capira.
Common conditions encountered and treated included diabetes, fungal infections,
gastroesophageal reflux disease, high blood pressure, leishmaniasis,
musculoskeletal pain, scabies, and upper respiratory infections. Procedures
included gynecological exams, suturing, and wound dressing. Over the course of a
week, TEAC provided care to approximately 500 patients that might otherwise have
not been seen. TEAC distributed hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpaste to
patients. TEAC provided handouts to patients about diverse health conditions in
an effort to improve patient education. TEAC’s remaining medications were
donated to a community health center in Capira.
Members also visited a grade
school in Capira to present health literacy talks to children, ages five to
fourteen years old, about good hygiene, adolescent health, and sexual health.
TEAC students organized a book drive in Philadelphia and donated over one
hundred books to the school. The TEAC trip was an enriching and memorable
educational experience that will continue to inspire us on our medical journey
to improve the health of communities that are affected by disasters and lack
access to quality medical care.
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