Journey through Ecuador
It wasn’t the first time dental students participated in an interprofessional trip with their peers from across the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. From May 22 to 30, students Angelica Lechuga, Edward Lee, Jigna Patel and David Zant made up the dental component of this 35-person team, also composed of pharmacy, physical therapy, medical, nursing, and public health students and faculty. In all, the team provided care for more than 460 people in Guamani, Ecuador.
Through the course of providing dental exams, cleanings, extractions and restorative fillings to patients, and the time spent away from the clinic, these four dental students — and their supervising dentist, Dr. Tamie Erratt,’84 — definitely gleaned some stories to tell. Here’s more, in their words and photos.