Friday, May 20, 2011

Krista reporting...

I feel very lucky to have met the dentists that work at the hospital and have the opportunity to collaborate with them. I had a better idea of the dental care that is offered in Mexico. I found out through our days at the hospital that the people are frustrated with the process of accessing the dentists, and the dentists too are frustrated at being unable to give quality care when they do not have the necessary supplies and equipment to provide the treatment they are trained to deliver. Although it may not be the same standard of care as Canada, they do the best they can with what they have. Having an x-ray machine from the 70's and equipment that don't work properly makes me feel lucky to have all that we have at home, as it allows us to provide the care that we are trained to provide.  I can imagine the frustration that would come with not having up-to-date equipment, and a shortage of supplies. It was a great experience overall and really enjoyed hearing the dentists' perspective on dentistry in Mexico and their role that they played while in the hospital dental clinic.

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