My Family and Community Medicine rotation for this month requires us to visit the rural community three times a week. We went back to our communities where we were assigned to live in last year. Incidentally, I lived in the same community where I stayed around 4 years ago during my undergrad. The place is so familiar that I already feel comfortable in it.
Our foster mother was so happy to see us and likewise. I remember living in her house last year when we used to set up a grill and prepare barbecue for dinner in the backyard. Those were good times.
For senior internship, however, we're only assigned to the Out Patient Department and the health centers so our weekly visits to the community will have to do. On our first visit to the community, we met up with a couple of interns from the UP-PGH and we held a meeting regarding the new program of the Department of Health.
Life in the community sure is peaceful. There's a feeling of camaraderie between the citizens and us lowly interns, as evidenced by the bag of fruits we were given to take home and the invitations to town fiestas. I never got it in my head to become a family medicine practitioner, though. Doctors to the Barrios, anyone? I suppose they're not for the weak of heart. Health care is not easily and readily accessible to people living in rural or far-flung areas. Doctors assigned to said areas do a LOT of walking just to get to their patients, not to mention that they probably sacrificed a lot just to do what they're doing. Maybe there is something to be said about these Doctors to the Barrios being our local heroes.