Beginnings in India
December 2015 saw an initial global outreach trip including a needs assessment in Nagpur, India. Power of a Nickel was approached by a group of interested people from India including physicians, other healthcare professionals, and businesspersons. After several meetings, a decision was made to send a global outreach team to the area in which a clinic was felt to be needed. This first trip consisted of clinics serving those with little to no access to healthcare due to poverty. In addition, discussions with a medical school and others regarding ongoing relationships was encouraging. Plans are to return next year about the same time for continued service.
- Build relationships with the community in Nagpur
- Provide competent, appropriate, medical care to an extremely underserved population
- Supply much needed medications and supplies during this outreach program
- To serve as educational resources to the local physicians dentists and healthcare providers
- Partner with local physicians, dentists, pharmacists, medical students and other healthcare providers to better understand the needs and culturally appropriate care of this population
- Request referrals to the local healthcare system for services beyond those we are able to provide
- Offer safe learning environment for medical students, other healthcare personnel, and ancillary team members
- Allow learning experiences for medical students and other healthcare students
- Give intensive training of students in the art of medicine - without the use of lab, x-rays, and other technology. Students are encouraged to use their mind and hands to evaluate and treat patients
- Furnish opportunities to learn about a different culture and global issues encountered
- Conduct a needs assessment in several locations to determine where best to establish an ongoing teaching clinic
- Solidify partnerships with governmental and non-governmantal organizations as well as individuals in the area who have a desire to establish a full time clinic for the underserved
- Evaluate appropriateness of a rotation site for US medical students as well as for local medical students and physicians desiring to learn about family medicine rather than typical specialty medicine.