Medical-dental brigade will be ‘eye-opening’ experience for Acadia students: Dow

Nancy Kelly
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Acadia student Todd Dow is looking forward to the “eye-opening experience” that awaits him as a member of the university’s medical-dental brigade trip.

Dow, a third year student who hails from Coldbrook, is headed to the Central American country of Honduras from April 25 to May 2 as part of the team that will bring health care to communities with limited access.

“We will be working with doctors and dentists,” said Dow. He hopes to study medicine after completing a degree in biology.

“This trip will offer real life experience in the field of medicine and dentistry and most likely show just how lucky we have it here at home.”

Patients who receive treatment from the brigade have access to a physician consultation, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatment as well as routine procedures like pap smears, prostate exams and restorative dental care.

Student volunteers help out by assisting physicians and dentists and taking patient vitals and information, obtaining patient history and logging current symptoms.

Dow said the goal of the program is also to provide health education that will impact the health of the community after the brigade returns to Canada.

“We want to leave them with information about hygiene and sexual education, things like that that can improve their health and their lives.”

Student team members are tasked with raising $2,000 to join the brigade. Dow hosted a draw and silent auction March 29 to help meet his expenses.

Donations to the brigade can be made at www.empowered.org/Medical-Brigades-at-Acadia-University/initiatives .

Organizations: Acadia-University

Geographic location: Coldbrook, Honduras, Canada

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