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Student Volunteers Inspired in Jamaica

In the span of one week, nearly 900 underserved and underprivileged children and adults in Jamaica received much-needed dental care and medical consultation from future dental and pharmacy professionals. Students from the School of Pharmacy and the SIU School of Dental Medicine provided care during the annual Jamaica Dental Mission trip in July.

“We worked 10-12 hour days in harsh conditions, but it was definitely worth it,” said Jordan Sinclair, 4th year student. “Service is important to me, and it’s a great feeling to see how much the patients appreciated the care we provided.”

Sinclair, who has been part of the mission trip for the last two years, was one of 57 student and professional volunteers providing long days of care in hot conditions at two Jamaican clinics. Dental medicine students, under dentists’ supervision, offered basic oral hygiene education, dental examinations, preventative and restorative treatment, and extractions.

Under the supervision of pharmacists, pharmacy students completed patient histories, blood pressure and blood glucose screenings before the dental treatment. After the treatment, patients with prescriptions came back to the pharmacy students for medications, patient education and special instructions.

“Getting to work alongside other health care professionals was a huge learning experience,” said 3rd year student Brandy Rosenberg. “We got to share different expertise, learn how to effectively communicate, and most importantly we get the chance to work together to meet patient needs.”

The Rotary Club of Montego Bay provided support for the trip. All participants were volunteers and paid for their flights, accommodations and food.

“The students willingly make a significant financial contribution in order to donate their services,” said Dr. Chris Lynch, professor of pharmacy practice and leader of the mission’s pharmacy team for the past 10 years.

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