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Posted By: Kris Radder on August 15, 2012

Labels: Vietnam , Volunteers

Volunteer Dr. Dana Braner Vietnam

Five Project HOPE volunteers joined the Pacific Partnership 2012 team at the Nguyen Thi Minh Khal Primary School to kick off medical operations onshore in Vietnam. 

Dr. Dana Braner, a nine-time HOPE volunteer, helped provide care at the medical site.  

"Today’s medical site went real well, it was very well organized and flowed very smoothly," said Dr. Braner, a Pediatrician from Portland, Oregon. "We even saw adult patients some of the day,” he added. “There was roughly only ten pediatric patients at the site, so we chipped in to help take care of the rest." 

Dr. Braner said transitioning from pediatric medicine to adult medicine was not difficult.  

Volunteer Dr. Christopehr Truss Vietnam

"Luckily, we had enough adult providers onsite (Including HOPE volunteer Dr. Christopher Truss, right) that when I had a question, it was easily resolved," he said. 

The opportunity to visit the medical sites provides an excellent learning experience that cannot be replicated in a text book. With patients coming in from all areas, it gives the volunteers a chance to learn more about the Vietnamese people and their culture.  

"Every case is exciting in its own way,” said Dr. Braner. "I met many interesting people today, with great stories and I hope I helped improve their health." 

The patients at the medical site were also treated to some upbeat swing music provided by the Pacific Fleet Band.  

"It was wonderful to have the band there,” Dr. Braner added. “It helps relax the patients and puts everyone into a better mood."

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