CRAFTING WELLNESS STORY

On a Mission with The Floating Doctors to Bring Healthcare Worldwide

Dr. Young recently came back from a 6 month mission trip with Floating Doctors caring for those in need. We discuss the challenge of operating and growing a healthcare and community development service in such resource-limited regions. Floating Doctors crew come from all over the world, united by their common desire to live a life of service and bring health to all.

TRANSCRIPT

Dr. Young 00:00
Floating Doctors, you know, they're a nonprofit, they're based out of the US. But we work in Boca Del Toro The Floating Doctors role there is healthcare labor delivery, to really underserved indigenous rural communities, because we have a batch about 24 Different communities who all really have are so, so rural, and they're so cut off from modern amenities, that they have no access to health care. So we bring health care to them. And we go to a different community every single week, and we take a boat and Floating Doctors, and we provide care. And then really nice thing is, you know, you get to go back to these communities. So it's not just a one time, I provide care now, and I never follow you up, we go back every single three months, so we can manage that diabetes, we can manage that hypertension, we can manage these chronic chronic medical conditions to really make an impact. And I think for an organization like this, you really need that longitudinal care, which is one of the biggest impact that Floating Doctors provides.

Brooke 01:10
Welcome to our Crafting Wellness Podcast. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Dr. Young, would you give us a little introduction, just tell us where you're from where you currently are and what you do.

Dr. Young 01:21
So I'm South Jersey native, originally from a place called Edgewater Park, probably not too many people know of, but most of my life's been spent mostly around the Philadelphia area, I went to Cooper Medical School, where I finished my training back in 2017. And then I did my residency in Internal Medicine over at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. And I did about six months, six, seven months of volunteer volunteering as a medical doctor, Panama for the nonprofit organization Floating Doctors.

Brooke 01:56
Yes. And for everyone who doesn't know that organization is amazing. We're going to talk more about that. But I would love to hear your journey in medicine. Did you always know that being a doctor was something you wanted to do? S

Dr. Young 02:07
That's a good question. So Well, for me originally, in college, I wanted to be a geologist. And then I kind of found out over a little bit that that wasn't for me. And then I actually switched and got my degree in pre veterinary medicine. But it was during my time in college where, you know, I think I always loved science, and I knew I want to do something medical. But you know, it's a bit of a difficult thing to say I want to be a doctor, I want to do medicine, it's known to be a big burden. So around my junior year, I think it's where I switched from veterinary medicine, which you know, itself is a difficult profession as well into human medicine. And there was, you know, some things, I think that kind of led me down that path. That death in the family, I think that really gave me some inspiration to really try to, you know, commit to something and really work hard for something in my in my life. And I think that's kind of started me along that path. And eventually, it kind of led to led me to where I am today.

Brooke 03:11
Absolutely, yeah, I think for me, college had a similar kind of experience where you go, and you start learning all of these things, and experiencing all of all of this different kind of culture and food wise, and all these things that happened to me where they kind of woke up my entire world. And I was like, wow. And then you can just kind of discover it's a lot of self discovery. I feel like when you're in college, and you can think you want something new going in. And then as you find these new studies be like Oh, no, a philosophy for me was a big one that I kind of stuck to and loved. And really boy, but I didn't have any idea what philosophy really was until I went to college. And it's interesting how we can find our, our path sometimes by by finding what we don't really want to do thinking we might too and then realizing, actually, it's kind of there, but it's more specifically this.

Dr. Young 04:01
Yeah, absolutely. And I think you know, it's hard to know really what you want to do with the rest of your life, at 17-18 So everyone finds usually find those find their way eventually,

Brooke 04:11
which really, can you tell us a little bit about how many years it takes generally that journey?

Dr. Young 04:18
Oh, yeah, absolutely. So yes, the journey kind of starts after college. And then most traditional degrees or four years of medical school. And then after that is where the hard part starts. That's residency, getting realized I worked with a lot of other people in the Netherlands and other countries a lot of times right out of medical school, a lot of other countries you can go right in to be a primary care physician, but, you know, you USA it's usually pretty required to do a residency program and residency is, you know, I did the one of the shorter residency is for internal medicine. That was three years, and then I did an extra one year As a chief, but you know, I think the thing I always think about medicine is that you have to be very, very prepared to enjoy learning. Because if you don't enjoy learning, if you don't enjoy sitting down with a book studying, yeah, it's gonna be, it's gonna be a pretty tough road. And I was fortunate enough that even though it was a tough road, I didn't enjoy, enjoy it sometimes a little bit too much a good thing. One of the big things is being committed to learning to learn if the rest of your life or else you know, it's kind of what your job is dependent on. So I think the first, I say, two, two and a half, three years sit in front of a book, and then third, fourth year, and then residency is really when you kind of get in front of the patients. And it's really when it becomes more on the job learning, and kind of goes away from the theoretical, and really into what is like realistic and what is pertinent for the situation for the patient that's in front of you.

Brooke 05:59
you. Absolutely. So for you, after you did your residency, and is that when you got started getting involved in these missions.

Dr. Young 06:08
Yeah, so that was actually Floating Doctors was really one of the really the first global health mission I was able to do. And I, you know, I didn't think I was going to do it at first or hadn't, you know, maybe put a little bit of salt in and doing something like that. But really, as a lot of doing my wife, she wanted to travel. And you know, I figured what better way than to go somewhere where you can help people who are underserved and try to make an impact on a different community outside of the outside of the US, for me is actually kind of the jump jumping right into the deep end, first experience. And I did it for just got home from Panama and did it with working for induction about six months. During my time.

Brooke 06:53
I love that. Yeah, we we donated some stethoscopes to Floating Doctors. And then I was doing a little story on it. And then they posted about you. And I was like, oh, so interesting. I really love to hear more about what this is like over there. Can you tell everybody who doesn't know that's listening and watching right now, a little bit about Floating Doctors and what they do and what your role was over there in Panama?

Dr. Young 07:17
Yeah, of course, of course love to. So floating doctors. Yeah, they're nonprofit. They're based out of USA. But we work in both of those tours, which is on the Atlantic side, it's basically a Caribbean archipelago. And the floating Doctor role there is healthcare delivery, delivery, to really underserved indigenous rural communities. So you know, what we do is we have batch, about 24 Different communities who all really have are so so rural, and they're so really cut off from modern amenities, that they have no access to health care. So we bring the health care to them. And we go to a different community every single week, and all of our medical providers, or nurses or doctors, volunteers. Administrators will come with us, we take a boat and floating doctors, and we go to the clinics. And you know, we set up camp. And we say that usually you've stayed there for the week, sometimes a day that they're a bit closer, but a lot of times, say that for an entire week. And we we provide care. And then really nice thing is, you know, it probably be nicer in the future, if we could do it more often. But you know, we kind of are dealing with the means what we have right now. But the nice thing is that we actually get to go back to these communities. So it's not just a one time, provide care now, and I never follow you up, we go back every single three months, so we can manage that diabetes, we can manage that hypertension, we can manage these chronic chronic medical conditions, which to really make an impact. Yeah, I think for an organization like this, you really need that longitudinal care, which is one of the biggest impact that floating doctors provides.

Brooke 09:04
Yeah, the work that you all are doing there. It's really incredible. I was reading a lot about it. And it's just it's such a beautiful kind of story of how you guys help. How big of a workforce would you say it is with nurses and the doctors and administrators and the volunteers? How many people are we talking typically?

Dr. Young 09:24
So when I first started, this was going back about eight months ago, this was the middle of COVID. So you know, a lot of the workforce, especially the medical workforce is reliant on other countries and volunteering professionals coming over and helping and that had been severely severely impacted by the COVID pandemic. So when I got there, I was one of three physicians and probably about a team of 10 to 12 people so pretty small and you're talking no when we go out these communities were Treating during that week, you know, 100 120 130 patients. So it was quite quite stressful. By the time that I had finished my, my six months at floating doctors, we had more like 25 workers at a time going out to these clinics. So it really fluctuates. And fortunately, with international travel, being less restricted, it's actually increasing. And I think, you know, even in the next couple of weeks to months, we'll be seeing up to 50. And hopefully, one of the things I'm really hoping for is that, further down the line, we'll even be able to do two, we'll have enough people to do two clinics at once. So it'd be able to provide even more access to care for those patients who needed the most.

Brooke 10:47
Absolutely, yeah, I know, it's, it's with COVID. And everything that happened, I know that, that those places probably get hit the worst because people are unable or weren't able to as easily travel to those places of need and get the care there that's so desperately needed there. Could you talk a little bit about I know, you talked about hypertension? And what kind of as COVID really hit over there in Panama to these more indigenous places? Or is it more like hypertension and diabetes, and these kinds of things that are affecting them,

Dr. Young 11:19
you know, is kind of a mishmash of everything. So going off the COVID COVID, did, you know hit these communities, it's hard to say exactly how hard it hit them. But from a disease standpoint, you know, but when when we go back to community be like, Oh, well, you know, one person died is what they die from the head of fever and shortness of breath. So you can never really totally clinch the diagnosis, which we can have in modern medicine. But you're talking about, you know, one or two people out of a community of 120, dying within that certain amount of time, and dying at the same exact time that a flu like illness with respiratory complaints was going around that community. So you know, I think that the, the disease itself did take a pretty significant toll. And many of them were not able to, you know, to get to a place where they could be administer oxygen. So they unfortunately, died from potentially preventable death. So that was, you know, definitely impactful in the second impact. Which was, you know, I would say, almost just as bad as there was just decreased delivery of foods and goods, these communities, everything was shut down in Panama, just like can, you know, in the USA, or other countries around the world, and, you know, price, we can order things on Amazon for them. You know, the one store that sells non perishable food items, like rice was not getting any shipments. So sometimes, within three months of going back, you would see, you know, children being more stunted, decrease growth, malnourished, and you definitely even see adults, you know, losing a ton of weight within that time, just from lack adequate nutrition. So, you know, I think it's multifaceted the way that COVID affected them from, from very, pretty severe standpoint.

Brooke 13:16
Yeah. And then has to be frustrating, I feel like as a doctor, global health is so important. It's so easy for us to take for granted. Like you talked about Amazon, or just the fact that we have clean water. Oh, absolutely. What's the water situation like there.

Dr. Young 13:32
Yeah, so the water situation there is tough. So there has been multiple and previous and ongoing attempts to solve the water situation. But the only way that for access to adequate drinking water, in many rural communities is basically from the roof, the roof, collecting rainwater, and basically drinking rainwater, which is, you know, pretty safe. The problem is, is that they're, you know, this is a tropical climate, and it's, but they're still dry seasons, so that water doesn't last all year. And when that water goes away, you know, they, they have to drink out of streams, which can be commonly polluted. And, you know, gives rise to not only gi worms, but most bacterial infections in the book. So, you know, that is one of the things that's difficult floating doctors, you know, has been working on this. And actually, they've teamed up with Engineers Without Borders to actually trying to fix this problem. And it's starting off with one of the communities combined to sell. So that's something that's currently underway. But add has been something that's you know, very difficult not only because polluted water and unsanitary water, lead to such illness, but that, you know, the communities know that they know that the water is bad and because they know the water is bad, they don't drink it. And so they're in chronic states of dehydration as well, which is something not to go on for too long, but it's something that you see as well that There's a new disease entity called Mesoamerican nephropathy. And basically fancy term for people being dehydrated so often and so long, that it actually starts developing their kidneys, hurting their kidneys, and eventually can even lead to kidney failure. And something that has been seen a lot of times in farmworkers. Not as much in Panama, it's mostly studied in I think, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. But, you know, it just goes to belie that this water issue is definitely an issue on so many different levels and so many facets.

Brooke 15:34
Yeah, and I, it makes me really sad actually. Because you just think about, like, even just going to a restaurant here in United States and bring your water and half the time. It's not even people just don't even drink it, you know, people over here who are literally dehydrating and dying from not having access to clean water, and we're just over here wasting it. You know, it's, it's just, it's mind boggling to me, because, um, you know, there's an attitude with water here. I feel like people just don't really want to drink it. They want to drink their sodas and their juices and everything. And I'm a big water lover, if you can't tell you like hot yoga and saunas and stuff. And so I, I drink a lot of water. And I like to drink. But it's something I think about because I, because I love it. And because I'm very aware of how important it is in our body. I mean, what is it 75% of our body is made up of water. Is that right? Something like that? It's pretty close. Yeah. And I know that it's really important. And I can feel it when I when I don't have water. And it just, it's obviously something that really needs to be addressed. And people need to understand that it's a problem. It's a major problem in a lot of places.

Dr. Young 16:53
Oh, absolutely. Yeah. I mean, it's hard to even imagine more when you're there. It's easy to imagine, but you know, being back in the back in the States now back in Philadelphia, it's hard to imagine, like, well, not having access to just clean drinking water and the scene, the rivers that you know, are the streams that they have to drink out of. Sometimes when they run out of potable water, they run out of rainwater. And it's it's definitely tough. It's definitely tough

Brooke 17:19
Yeah I imagine so. So what has it been like? Like being back? Have long have you been back now from Panama?

Dr. Young 17:25
Only three days, actually. Yeah. It's cold. Very cold.

Brooke 17:32
Yeah. I'm sure it's it's kind of a culture shock to just after being away for six months and coming back to

Dr. Young 17:40
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Yeah, there's things well, even now, you know, what? Air conditioning? He? Yeah, it's definitely a you know, a bit of a culture shock in every sense of the word. Nice to be back in some points. But you know, definitely. The weather and the lack of outdoor activities can kind of get you a little bit down for sure.

Brooke 18:01
Yeah, absolutely. Is it something you think you'll go back? And do you? Are you going to work with leading doctors more? Or are you going to work on other missions? Or what's what's happening now for you in the near future?

Dr. Young 18:13
Oh, so right now, I'm actually waiting. I'm currently unemployed. I'm just gonna, I'm waiting to start my job at Cooper Hospital in New Jersey, Cooper medical school. But you know, going back to floating doctors and help teaching and, you know, help care for patients is definitely something that I plan to do in the future, probably hoping to do your tour two or three weeks out of my year, but kind of have to see how my new job works out first, before I can really commit to anything.

Brooke 18:43
Love that. So okay, there's a couple of questions I have still for for your new job that you're starting. Can you tell us a little bit about that? And because you know, a doctor, it's such a general term, for sure. But about what it is specifically, you're you're doing what kind of doctor you are and if you have a specialty or?

Dr. Young 19:02
Yeah, absolutely. Um, so I chose internal medicine for medical school. And mostly because general medicine doctors are a lot of times teachers in the hospital of medicine, so teachers and medical at a residency level but a lot to a medical school level, and I knew that's kind of what I wanted to get into. So my job going forward is hospitalist, which means a doctor who basically is an internal medicine, primary care doctor but only works in the hospital. So patients who have most your general ailments, pneumonia, COPD, heart attack, most of that stuff you see on house, a lot of them that they're not getting surgery, they come into internal medicine, they come to the hospitalist and hospitalist. It's kind of the coordinator with all the specialists to get the patient the care that they need to be healthy and get out of the house. And then the other part of my job is education. So I teach a will be teaching at the medical school as well as teaching that at the, the residency level, too. So wow, it's a little bit of both. But yeah, it's gonna be really hadn't started yet. So I don't I don't know how busy it's gonna be, but they're excited to start seeing, and it's the same medical school that I, you know, had done on most all my medical training ads. I know everybody. So very excited

Brooke 20:33
to see your home now. So it sounds like you're going to be pretty busy coming up.

Dr. Young 20:39
Yeah, I was busy before too. So it's nice having I actually was in Bocas for a little bit. You know, it's kind of a touristy town, where a lot of this rural area, so I was off for the month. So I think I need something to do

Brooke 20:53
curious, when you How did you even get involved with Floating Doctors, like, how did you come across them? And what was the application process? Like, if people want to get involved in the flooding doctors or something like that? Can you walk us through a little bit about what that process is like, and just what it was like for you to get involved.

Dr. Young 21:14
So for me, you know, once my wife were really committed to moving abroad, I went on the internet, I looked at some things, but I didn't exactly find any place that really, really spoke to me. And then I fortunately, one of the other co chief residence me, Sonia, her friend mentioned that she worked as a medical student in this place called floating doctors. So that's kind of you know, that referral is really what brought me to them, I looked on their website, which is easy to remember, floating doctors calm. So they make that very easy for you to look up. And, you know, kind of spoke to me and I saw what they were doing. And I saw kind of their general philosophy. And it really spoke to me, and I think I reached out that day or next day. And then the executive director, talked to her Sandborn it was, you know, pretty much one from there. And I don't think I applied anywhere else. And luckily enough, they gave me a job for six months. And that was it. But easy to apply to, you know, I mean, Clooney, doctors.com, if you just go there, you'll find all the contact information. And, you know, they're happy to have volunteers and happy to have people who are going to be there for a longer period of time doing a fellowship, which is what I did, and, you know, very, very straightforward and efficient process. So

Brooke 22:43
yeah, it sounds like, they need all kinds of people, from doctors, to nurses, to volunteers to med students administration, I'm sure they could use all the help they can get. So we'll definitely be linking all of that information in the video and find it and find floating doctors and get involved and check out their website because they're doing amazing work over there.

Dr. Young 23:05
And, you know, to your point, you you know, you really don't need to have, you know, any, even a job and in the medical field, one of the guys that we work that I worked with for a long time, she was our pharmacy coordinator, and he did supply chain in the Netherlands, and he you know, he really helped more than I think a lot of people who with medical background could, you know, he made the supply chain more efficient. He ensured that we didn't stock out of things he got everything we need include MDF supplies, when we needed to, you know, our, our base. Even the workflow got more efficient, you put tape down everywhere for workflow in the pharmacy, and you know, and it really gets to show you that, you know, it's a multidisciplinary project and you know, you don't need to have a medical background, there's administrative and supply chain all sorts of other people that make something like this possible.

Brooke 24:10
I think that's really encouraging. But it sounds like you're a really busy person and healthcare takes up a lot of your time medicine takes up a lot of your time. But what do you like to do outside of your job? I know it sounds like you know your wife love to travel. Let's get to know you a little bit what do you do any hobbies? Do you have any like outlets creatively are?

Dr. Young 24:33
Sure yeah, so exercise you know what I big things exercise every day. They always say during medical school or residency, I just pick at least one thing that you love and keep doing that. So fortunately not for me. I was able to keep doing that every day or, you know, five times a week since you know, since I started medical school, other things, golfing with my friends on the boys on Sunday is a big thing. So always keep up with that. instrument, I used to play a little bit of instruments, but not as much anymore. And I think, you know, maintaining friendships maintaining, you know, family, and we're really close family here that I get to see a lot as well. So I think those are the most important things are things that, you know, keep me going, for sure.

Brooke 25:21
Yeah, I always talk about just like making sure you're living in between the moments of just like the thing that you're trying to go for. Whether it's like waiting for your new job to start or studying or whatever it might be. But, you know, you can get so super focused on something that you forget to kind of like, but other things in your life need your attention. So I think it's, it's great to hear that you, you've got a close family and you enjoy golfing and exercising, it's all it's really important to, you know, for mental health and physical health, and just that your whole life doesn't just become your job, because I think that that can easily happen when when you're so dedicated, yeah,

Dr. Young 26:02
everything in moderation.

Brooke 26:04
So do you have any advice for other people who want to become a doctor or any kind of thing that you wish you had known? If you could tell your younger self, something, any kind of inspirational thing you want to leave us with?

Dr. Young 26:21
Your course, one of the things that always helped me is, I think, you know, it's, it's a hard road, but it's, you know, satisfying for sure. But, you know, looking, one of the things always worked for me is like, you know, looking at learning as not as a chore. But you know, as a privilege, you know, a lot of people, they don't have the amenities they don't have the time, they're busy providing for the family, and they maybe not don't have access to education. And, you know, for them, you know, learning and sitting and doing something like medicine every day isn't possible. So I think I think the biggest thing is, you know, when you're sitting down with a book, or, you know, you're studying up like, it's really a privilege and an honor to be able to do something like that to help and when you kind of, maybe change that mindset, even in college studying for to go to medical school, where especially, you know, during medical school, I think it helps you get through and you know, kind of deal with the sometimes owner owners hours that you put in maybe that's one but it's hard to say I think everyone can give my advice, but I think everyone has their own reasons and and philosophy and own way to enjoy what they love.

Brooke 27:40
You touched touched on privilege, and I think it's something it's, it's easy that for us to take for granted, like, oh, I have to study I have a test or I'm, I'm in residency and it's so difficult, they don't have time for anything. And I know that it's hard, but you know, the fact that you can even pursue it and I have the ability to and can take the time to go after your dreams and become a doctor. And, and go help people. It's it's a privilege in the job. And it's a privilege to us as well, the people that you're taking care of, because we need people out there who are dedicated and who are who are as thoughtful and caring and want to bring health to not just one part of the world, but to bring health and wellness globally, because everybody deserves to be healthy and and we should all be able to have access to health care.

Dr. Young 28:38
Yeah, I totally agree. totally great.

Brooke 28:41
What would you say? Just to bring it back real fast to the Floating Doctors needs that they have things that you've noticed, how can people help? I know, obviously, we're gonna have a donation link to their website that you want to donate, I'm sure that's always, always needed. But as far as it just anything, you really noticed that there's a need there, whether it be for the doctors, the nurses, the med students, whether it be for the patients themselves.

Dr. Young 29:11
Yeah, no ways to help. You know, I think there's direct and maybe indirect ways. But I'd say the direct ways, you know, volunteering, you know, not only volunteers, you know, help out with the day to day, but you know, when you volunteer, you help out with, you know, that clinic and the more people there, the better doing a fellowship with floating doctors, you know, it's six months usually or more. But you really, really can make a big impact in that amount of time. Whether you're a physician, whether you're a nurse, physician, Assistant nurse practitioner, or out you know, like I said outside of the medical medical profession itself, is also always welcomed. when needed. And then I think you know, other ways of direct helping, obviously, his donation, I think one of the, you know, working directly for floating doctors, one of the things that you get to see is really how efficiently they use the money. We know exactly how much money goes to each thing every every week. And I mean, it's spent on, you know, keeping the base running utilities. And most of its spent directly on providing medicine and providing tools, medical tools to help the medical team continue to treat these patients. And some of it, you know, if, you know, we can't provide every single medicine, everything procedure, we pay directly for these patients to get transport to the nearest place that they can go to, and sometimes that is six hours away. But your money directly goes to, you know, a patient who is having, sometimes maybe having like a life threatening urgent illness, and needs transportation, to the nearest hospital. And that's people who donate, that's what their money goes to not just medicine, not just our medical care that we provide. But you know, these patients, you know, transportation is such an issue from these really remote islands, that the only way they can get somewhere is through us. And, you know, your money that you donate directly helps these patients getting the care that they need, either from us, or if we can provide it from somebody else. To think those would be you know, obviously, the biggest ways to you know, help out and we, you know, work with phenomenal other agencies such as MDF, who was provided with instruments, we also worked with blessings, which provides us with extremely, extremely low cost medicines. And they're also a nonprofit that is a charitable organization as well. So really takes actually a lot of something I didn't realize a lot of different nonprofit organizations to really make things like this work. So donating to floating doctors is obviously one way to one way to help out.

Brooke 32:08
Yeah, so so well said, I think, yeah, we take one person can make a difference. But if we can all come together in ways that we can and help out the ways that we can, then we can even make a bigger impact, and bring that health and wellness globally, and continue to do that work. So I'm really grateful for you for taking the time to go and do that and to help out and help people and it's just it's really inspiring to see because I feel like and it's just people can get wrapped up in their own lives and not realize how much need there is out there. And for you and your wife to take the time to go there to another country and help people. It's just it's very inspiring. And I think we're all very grateful to you for for doing that. And we encourage everybody listening and watching who wants to donate or volunteer, please go check out Floating Doctors, www.floatingdoctors.com and check out all the awesome work that they're doing. I have a question for you and what you do when what is your need for a stethoscope? What kind of stethoscope do you use? Using like cardiology stethoscope? Are you? Is it very loud where you work? Obviously, it's a hospital. So I would imagine noise does

Dr. Young 33:34
I use a Littman I think I don't want to I use a Littmann cardiology maths right thing. And I think I just bought that because it was the most sensitive, or one of the more sensitive ones for hearing murmurs. You know, when you're on internal medicine, you don't really want to miss that. But yeah, use that I also have a portable ultrasound that I bought as well. So I kind of use those in tandem, especially when providing care outside of the hospital where you don't really have much of so they really are really invaluable in a situation like this.

Brooke 34:12
Yeah. stethoscopes are really important. I was reading about the invention of the stethoscope and how it came to be and it's a very interesting story. But yeah, it's it's it's a tool that's been around a very long time and hasn't really changed that much. You know, they're all trying to make them all electronic now and things but it's a great great instrument that can tell you a lot

Dr. Young 34:37
oh absolutely yeah, it'll always you know, have its place directly in that physicians toolbox for sure.

Brooke 34:42
Well, we're gonna have to get you an MDF stethoscope. Did you an MDF Instruments ProCardial Stethoscope. are we gonna hook you up here? Absolutely. Well Dr. Young thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us today on our crafting wellness podcast. It's been Such a pleasure having you on Do you have any social media handles or any websites or anything you want to leave here for people to come follow you or check you out or anything?

Dr. Young 35:12
Um, I don't have much I'm actually not very connected to social media I do. I did have an old when I was a chief, I did all my I recorded all my lectures and I made a Nicholas young or the Nick Young or Nick, Nicholas young, they get to Nick Young medical education YouTube channel, but that's about all I have. If you want to see some internal medicine, residency lectures, you can watch I think there's about 70 on there. Outside of that, I think I just direct you to floating doctors or MDF.

Brooke 35:45
Okay, sounds good. Well, thank you so much.

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On Martha's recent trip, her team of 40 healthcare professionals used their MDF Instruments stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers and reflex hammers to provide medical attention to the community. Their focus on this mission was concentrated on obesity, hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDs.

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Floating Doctors Panama 2022

Imagine packing up supplies, flying to another country, hopping in a car to the nearest dock to then venture across waters to then set up a med clinic for a community of whom does not speak the same language you do. This is nothing more than a routine endeavour for the Floating Doctors organization. The journey these missionaries take is indescribable, going through the moody rain and beating sun is everything except a sign to go back, and a motive to move faster.

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International Medical Corps

In 2022 International Medical Corps plans to continue their worldwide services, as well as expand their programs in the United States. IMC states their initiative will be "strengthening existing healthcare systems by providing equipment, supplies, clinicians and training" with efforts focused on "services to marginalized groups and underserved communities ensuring adequate access to timely and critically needed health services."

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