Goals

The goals of Global Medical Outreach to the Mayan villages include:

  • Build lasting relationships with the villages
  • Fulfill requests by community leadership for specific needs of identified individuals
  • Provide competent, appropriate medical care to an extremely underserved population
  • Facilitate educational opportunities for the community
  • Partner with local physicians and department of public health to better understand the local needs in a culturally appropriate fashion
  • Welcome the local physicians and medical students to our brigade for mutual learning
  • Request and facilitate referrals provided within the local Mexican healthcare system
  • Arrange follow up for identified healthcare concerns
  • Supply much needed medications and supplies for the community healthcare team remaining at completion of our brigade
  • Offer a safe learning environment for medical students and residents, other healthcare personnel, and ancillary team members
  • Provide intensive training for students in the art of medicine, with technology limited by the local standards
  • Facilitate opportunities to experience different cultures and global health issues

Accommodations

This outreach will originate at the Cancun airport, and participants will take the free shuttle to the Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport, on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

On Monday, February 18, 2019,we will proceed together to the Metizio Hotelin Tulum. Transportation will be provided in air conditioned vans. English speaking translators will accompany the group. Metizio is a family owned and operated moderate hotel, offering hot breakfast, air conditioning, WiFi and private baths. Prices are based on double occupancy, although singles may be available for an additional cost.

The second week, the team will move together to the Aktun Jaleb Lodge at Nuevo Durango Village, Ecolodge. Accommodations in this location consist of cabins with bunk beds, private baths, and mosquito nets. WiFi is available in a central location only. Three meals daily, prepared on site, are included. The final evening will be spent at the Courtyard by Marriott Cancun Airport to facilitate easy departure home or to continue your adventure on February 28, 2019.

Meals

Breakfastis included at all sites.

Lunch and snacks are not included at Metizio, unless provided by a local village. A grocery store is a short, safe walk from the hotel. Lunch included at the Ecolodge daily.

Dinneris included Sunday, February 17, and Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Cancun. Dinner is included in Tulum on arrival day, Monday, February 18, 2019. Other dinners are on your own. There is excellent, affordable, local cuisine within a safe walking distance.

Packing List

Medical personnel should wear scrubs to all clinical days, non-medical personnel may wear conservative, comfortable casual clothing.

Closed toe shoes are required at all clinical sites.

Personal medical tools (stethoscopes, otoscope, otoscope tips, BP cuffs, flashlight, pens, notepaper, clipboard)

Sunhat, sunglasses

Sunscreen

DEET containing insect repellent (20-35%)

Evening clothing: shorts, swimsuit, socks, sandals, bandannas, conservative dresses, t-shirts, one pair of long pants, long sleeve shirt. Please keep clothing modest and culturally considerate.

Personal hygiene products including wet wipes

Personal prescription medications including Imodium, pepto-bismol, ibuprofen, acetaminophen

WATER BOTTLE

Earplugs, eye mask for sleep

Copy of passport on phone

Electronics: iPhone, iPad, laptop, charger, camera

Vaccines

The CDC recommendations includes the basic immunizations: Hepatitis A (2 doses), Hepatitis B (3 doses), MMR (2 doses), Tdap ( every 10 years), Influenza (annually), Polio, Varicella (2 doses), Typhoid.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/mexico

Cost

The cost of the 2 week rotation global medical outreach trip to Mexico is $1500, plus airfare from your departure city. This trip cost covers above detailed in country transportation, accommodations, translators, medical supplies, trip coordination, and meals as described above

The cost of the 1 week global medical outreach trip (not for rotation credit) is $1000, plus airfare from your departure city.  This trip covers above detailed in country transportation, accommodations, translators, medical supplies, trip coordination, and meals as described above.  

A deposit of $206 must be received to hold your space. The final payment of $1294 is due 60 days prior to departure (for the 2 week rotation trip) or $794 for the one week trip. Payments by check can be made to Power of a Nickel, 4520 S Birmingham Place, Tulsa, OK 74105, or through our website under Join a Trip….for both deposit and final payment. 

Personal costs include passport, souvenirs, meals on not included days, personal items

Evacuation insurance is required.You will provide a copy of the insurance stating phone numbers to reach in case of emergency. If you do not have coverage, you may access www.squaremouth.com for a variety of travel insurance policies.

Cancellation insurance is optional, but do consider this.

CANCELLATION POLICIES
After deposit to 60 days: $50 administrative fee
59-30 days: deposit forfeited + $50 administrative fee
29-0 days: no refund
It is suggested that you purchase trip cancellation insurance to avoid cancellation penalties.


SCHOLARSHIP/GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Scholarship opportunities include:

AOF Rossnick and Hope Grants (https://aof.org/grants-awards/grant-request-special-projects-and-programs)

SOMA Grants (website malfunctioning)

Power of a Nickel (https://powerofanickel.org/financialassistance)


DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
All documents in .pdf form to be uploaded to the appropriate page under “Join a Trip.”
These must be completed no later than 60 days prior to departure to allow the Ministry of Health to approve the team.

Physicians/Dentist/NP/PA/other licensed healthcare providers
1. One page CV(.pdf)
2. Very clear copy of your medical school diploma (.pdf)
3. Very clear copy of your specialty board diploma (.pdf)
4. Copy of your current medical license (.pdf)
5. Copy of your evacuation insurance card – be sure it has the 24/7 emergency contact phone number (.pdf)
6. Copy of your passport (.pdf)
7. “Selfie” or fun picture (.pdf)
8. Air itinerary
Medical/Dental Students
1. CV (.pdf)
2. Copy of passport (.pdf)
3. Copy of your evacuation insurance card – be sure it has the 24/7 emergency contact phone number (.pdf)
4. “Selfie” or fun picture (.pdf)
5. Air Itinerary
Helpers
1. “Selfie” or fun picture (.pdf)
2. Copy of passport (.pdf)
3. Copy of evacuation insurance card - be sure it has the 24/7 emergency contact phone number (.pdf)
4. Air itinerary

We are excited that you are a part of this team to Tulum, Mexico. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the team leaders:

 Dr. Jodi Flanders           drflanj@gmail.com

Barbara Grogg, ARNP    barbara@powerofanickel.org