Vietnam Medical/Pharmacy Mission 2017

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Vietnam is in great need of medical care, with millions of Vietnamese living below the poverty line and no access to care. More than 100,000 people in Vietnam are amputated due to silent mines, infections, and diabetic complications and cannot afford to be fit for prosthetics. Although we are training to be pharmacists, our role in Vietnam goes beyond just medications. As a team, we travel to several cities and set up clinic sites where local Vietnamese can come and receive acute medical care such as prosthetic fittings, physical therapy, medications and counseling for disease states such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as B12 injections, blood glucose testing, and blood pressure screenings. Additionally, we donate food and supplies to local orphanages and schools.

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100% of donation proceeds go towards buying medication for the underserved patients in Vietnam in May 2016.

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Our alumni generously matched $6000 in 2016

VMCO

VMCO is a non-profit charity that organizes annual medical mission trips to help underserved patients.

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2017 Mission Team

Meet the Temple University School of Pharmacy team going on the 2017 Vietnamese medical mission.
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Khanh Nguyen

Student Pharmacist
Xin chao, My name is Khanh Nguyen and recently I have been given a great opportunity to start my first medical mission in Vietnam with the Vietnam Medical Charity Organization. I want to go on this trip because I think it will be a great opportunity to utilize my knowledge and skills that I have gained throughout the years of studying at Temple University School of Pharmacy. It is important to me to be able to give back to my community, and to help those less fortunate than I have been. I can think of no better way to give back than to return to the country I was born in, and help improve the quality of life to people who have lost their limb under varying circumstances. Thank you for your support to this organization and I’m very thankful to be a part of this team.
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Andrew Milewski

Student Pharmacist
Hi Everyone! My name is Andrew and grew I up in the suburbs of NJ and previously graduated from Drexel University in 2006 with a BS in chemistry. I am no stranger to community service as I have volunteered as an EMT and Firefighter in two different municipalities in NJ. As a former US Army officer, I assisted with planning and executing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions during Operation Unified Response after an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010. My experiences in Haiti and in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, have ignited a strong desire to help others in need throughout the world.
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Tiffani Tran

Student Pharmacist
Chào mọi người! Having this opportunity to be part of an organization (VMCO) that supports and provides healthcare to the people of Vietnam is a chance I would cherish for a life time. What make this experience worth while is to be able to provide direct patient care to communities that are not as fortunate as what we have in the United States. Having access to medicine and other healthcare support can be a hardship for people who do not have the resources. As a pharmacy student and as a future healthcare professional, I feel honored to be able to help those in need, all while building connections with my team members and the people of Vietnam.
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Alex Dinh

Student Pharmacist
I believed this Vietnam medical mission will give me an opportunity to fulfill my dream which is to deliver love and care to the poor Vietnamese people in underdeveloped areas. I spent 12 years of my childhood in Vietnam growing up with many friends who were always in need of help medically and financially. I witnessed heartbroken situations of friends, and even my own relatives, where people could not afford healthcare and had to live with the illness for the rest of their life. These people live with a hope for a miracle. Charity organizations like VMCO work to create hope and to make miracles happen. When comparing myself to many poor Vietnamese children, I always consider myself fortunate to be granted immigration to the U.S. where the healthcare system far superior. When I moved to the United States, I carried with me one vision, which is to become successful and reach out to support poor people around the world.
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Tho (Hanna) Tran

Student Pharmacist
This Vietnam Medical Mission trip will give me a great opportunity to utilize my knowledge in healthcare and previous experience to provide the optimal care for the people in need in my country. Although I was raised in an urban area in Vietnam, I often traveled to the rural areas to visit relatives. I saw that very few people had access to proper medical care because they were unable to afford it. My understanding about the culture and disparity in living standard has strengthened my compassion to help those in need due to financial hardship. This mission will allow me to be immersed in their daily activities, and to understand hardship from their perspectives.
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Amandeep Kaur

Student Pharmacist
Hi Everyone!! My name is Amni and I am beyond excited to be a part of this team. I learned about this trip as a first year pharmacy student, and have wanted to be a part of this team every since. I look forward to working to our patients and peers in Vietnam and in the USA because I find myself at home when doing patient care and serving my community. I hope to work directly with patients to provide care those who may otherwise not be able to this much needed care. I hope to gain valuable experiences, and go back to countries like Vietnam and India to provide the best patient care.
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Christina Santiago

Student Pharmacist
Hey Everyone! My name is Christina Santiago. The day I decided to apply for the medical mission trip to Vietnam was a difficult one. As a mother of two children, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving them behind for 5 weeks. I’ve never been away from my family but this was a dream of mine. For as long as I can remember, I’ve aspired to do great work but have always fell short. My husband assured me this was an opportunity like no other and he encouraged me to apply. I’m grateful he did, because training thus far has me excited for the journey I’m about to take. I hope to make an impact in the lives of those we are seeking to help and come home with many stories to share. One day my children will realize; they were my motivation every step of the way.
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Marcus Opraseuth

Student Pharmacist
Hey everyone! My name is Marcus Opraseuth and im 28 years old and originally from Roswell, Georgia. The reason I became interested in this mission trip rotation was not only because it’s a once in a lifetime experience, but also because the main focus is on people who are underserved and otherwise wouldn’t receive healthcare treatment. The main thing I hope to gain from this trip is to use the knowledge we have acquired through the years in pharmacy school and seeing it put to good use by improving the quality of life of the rural people in Vietnam.
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Lin Tran

Student Pharmacist
Chào bạn! My name is Lin Tran and since starting pharmacy school in 2014, I’ve always known that I wanted to be a part of this medical mission trip. Patient care is my passion and I’m honored for the opportunity to join my colleagues this year to provide healthcare and give back to some of the most deserving and impoverished areas of Southern Vietnam. Not only will this mission trip allow me to apply all of the knowledge I’ve gained from school, but it will also allow me to connect with my Vietnamese culture in a deep and meaningful way.
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Brittani Tran

Student Pharmacist
Having the opportunity to be part of the VMCO 2017 team is an experience like no other. Working in a close knit group, we not only learn the clinical skills necessary to provide outpatient care but the importance of teamwork and dedication. We prepare months ahead with fundraising for medical supplies, learning the Vietnamese language and culture, enhancing our pharmacy knowledge and developing a friendship like no other. From the start of pharmacy school, I knew I wanted to apply for this rotation site because it is a chance to work alongside other healthcare professionals in a country that desperatly needed medical assistance. Coming from a Vietnamese background, it was a calling to help patients in my home country where healthcare would probably never be accessible without this organization. I hope to gain a new appreciation for all those that sacrifice their time and efforts to bring joy to those that are less fortunate
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Tony Vo

Student Pharmacist
Being a first generation Asian American, I consider myself lucky to be where I am today. Without my family’s struggles to get to the United States, I would have never had this opportunity. I always wanted to learn more about my culture and understand the background that my family came from. By being on this mission trip, I wish to give hope to the people in Vietnam and help those who are less fortunate. I believe that no matter how fortunate we can be, we can always give something back. What I hope to achieved through this mission trip is building new relationships, cultural awareness, and a memorable experience.
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Thuylinh Cao

Student Pharmacist
My name is Thuylinh Cao, PY3 of Temple University, School of Pharmacy. This year, I am so flattered to be chosen as a part of Vietnam Medical Mission. This is an amazing mission that gives poor Vietnamese people hopes and happiness. I grew up in Vietnam in a poor family. I spent my first 18 years seeing how hard it is to get good healthcare for poor people, who often suffer from back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and amputation. And now, when it is possible and when I have the ability to help, I would like to give back to the country where I was raised.
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Sydney Nguyen

Student Pharmacist
Hello everyone, my name is Sydney and I am currently a 3rd year pharmacy student at Temple School of Pharmacy. I consider myself to be very fortunate not only to be able to join Dr. Ruchalski and the Mercer team during the first mission this year, but I am able to collaborate with our wonderful classmates to spread awareness and fundraise to make this a successful year. I hope to grow professionally with this new experience witnessing first hand healthcare outside of the United States. But most of all, I look forward to giving back to the community as a future pharmacist and I cannot imagine a better ways to give back than to help some of the underprivileged to obtain the care they need and improve their quality of life.
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Sarah Lee

PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident at Temple University Hospital
Xin chao cac ban, I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend this medical mission trip to Vietnam as this has been on my bucket list ever since I was a little girl. Growing up, my mother told me many stories of the underserved population of Vietnam with limited access to medical care, education, and food. However I grew up with more opportunities than I could ever imagine, therefore my dream and passion is to give back to those in need. I truly believe that “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. This trip will change my perspective of life and the way I practice as a pharmacist. Your contributions will allow us to touch more lives, so thank you.