About

Read about the Lamay Clinic's program history, the clinic's goals, and find out how the clinic is run. To learn more about our annual trip to Sacred Valley, Peru, read our FAQs. You can also sign up for email updates to keep in touch.

When is the next trip?

2015 Dates and Locations:

Sacred Valley, June 8 - 20
Chincha, June 15 - 27
Option: One to three weeks can be split among sites

If you are interested in the Peru Health Outreach Project rotation, please fill out the application form online. Deadline is Dec. 15, 2014. Read our FAQs for more information.

 

Clinic group photograph

The Peru Health Outreach Project is run by medical students from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

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Program history

Peru Health Outreach Project is a month-long international medical school elective organized by medical students at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and others who have joined the efforts.

We have been invited by the mayor of Lamay and a local nonprofit organization called Peruvian Hearts to provide basic medical care to people in Lamay, Peru, and surrounding mountain villages. The project started in 2009, at which time we took a group of about 30 medical students, physicians, and support staff and provided outpatient medical care to more than 1,000 patients over one month.

Our efforts are divided between providing outpatient medical care in a local community clinic in Lamay, Peru (Puesto de Salud de Lamay) and offering outpatient care in villages where there are very limited medical facilities.

Goals

  1. Help improve the medical care and living standards in Lamay and surrounding villages.
  2. Provide an international educational experience for students and healthcare professionals interested in global healthcare.

How the clinic is run

  • Medical Supplies: We bring medical supplies donated to us through MedWish international in Cleveland. All supplies must be carried by the participants of the trip. We need to have an itemized list of all the supplies taken, along with a letter authorizing us to bring these supplies in order to pass customs.
  • Eyeglasses clinic: We run a small eyeglasses clinic. Please help us collect used eyeglasses! Also, if you can purchase cheap reading glasses, those are in high demand.
  • Puesto de Salud de Lamay: This is a small clinic in Lamay, run by Dr. Rueda and a medical team. Half our time is spent in this clinic. We borrow three to four exam rooms and run our clinic within the Puesto de Salud de Lamay. We dispense medications we bring or buy.
  1. Triage - Students take basic information such as demographics and chief complaints.
  2. History and Physical - Performed by students, presented to faculty members and confirmed by faculty. We do not have the ability to use any imaging or blood tests except hematocrit assessment at the clinic.
  3. Assessment, Plan, Treatment - If patients are critically ill and require hospitalization, the local doctors at the clinic in Lamay can help us refer them to larger hospitals in Cusco.
  • Outreach: We also see patients in remote villages in the mountains. Many of these patients do not speak Spanish; they speak only the local language, Quechua. They have very limited access to medical care. We may also visit some orphanages in the area.

Want to know more?

Visit our official blog to see daily updates of our activities while in Peru. Members of the team write a blog post about each day's activities.