In January 2016, Evans Tran, PA at Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center participated in the Pilipino (Philippine) Medical Society of Northern California* missionary group to provide medical care to those with limited resources. The mission was supported by premed students, clinical as well as non-clinical volunteers.
Ms. Tran (and) other medical team members provided a wide variety of services including pediatric exams, gynecologic/obstetric check-ups, adult complete physicals, prescription dispensing and eye exams with eyewear dispensing. Missionary physicians also provided surgical services to many patients including cataract removal, glaucoma surgeries, hernia repairs, hysterectomies and many other types of surgeries. (This year,) the team treated over 6,596 individuals in Laoag City of the Philippines!
“The trip was life changing in experience, allowing me to connect emotionally and reflect medically,” says Ms. Tran. “It is a humble reminder of why I initially joined the healthcare industry; to make a difference in the world no matter how big or small.”
Ms. Tran thanks Dr. Robert Pugach and Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center for sponsoring her trip and she looks forward to continuing to work with the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California missionary group.
*Sponsored by the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California (PMSNC), this medical mission provides free healthcare to the underserved and under resourced communities with services ranging from health education, major/minor surgery in urology, dentistry, and a variety of other areas. Volunteers work closely with health professionals in different departments, including outpatient care, public health projects, surgery, women’s health and more.
The Philippine Medical Society of Northern California is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteer Filipino medical practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The Philippine Medical Society of Northern California is strongly committed to assist the indigent communities who have little or no access to medical care. In keeping with this commitment, the Society has been conducting community outreach programs and medical missions to selected rural areas in the Philippines since 1986. It relies mostly on volunteer hours and donations from private individuals, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.
Learn more about the 2017 Medical Mission in Dumaguete City, Philippines.