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We do receive a lot of professional support from
retired hepatologist Mary Pat Pauly, MD, who used
to work for the Kaiser Permanente system, as well
as from dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and
rehabilitation specialists that attend the clinic once a
month to provide their expertise.
Working in primary care on the weekends has helped
me understand common disease processes better
when I work as an anesthesiologist. I can now clearly
determine how well-controlled a patient's type-2
diabetes is, and how much end-organ damage has
occurred because of this disease. My experience at
the clinic also enabled me to recognize liver problems
now that I may have missed previously.
As the medical director of the Hmong Lifting
Underserved Barriers (HLUB) clinic, I am regularly
meeting with the Hmong undergraduates and
medical students who run the clinic to discuss
clinic procedures and their outreach efforts. These
efforts involve going to Asian shopping centers and
Asian cultural events to screen people for diabetes
and hypertension. I have learned a lot about the
Hmong people and the Hmong culture from the
undergraduates and this has significantly broadened
my perspective on life. I also enjoyed attending
the Hmong New Year's Celebration at the Cal Expo
Center. The undergraduates are doing a terrific job
translating for the patients who speak many different
Asian languages and many different Chinese dialects.
Significant logistical effort is needed to ensure that
we always have an interpreter available to cover
all the different languages. I have learned a little
Mandarin Chinese and I can now clearly distinguish all
the different East Asian languages from each other.
The dedication of the undergraduates and medical
students to serve the disadvantaged members of their
community and their hard work is inspirational and
makes me confident in a better future for all of us.
Many of the undergraduates have gone on to medical
school, physician assistant programs, and other allied
health fields. I am sure they will continue to provide
the same excellent care in the future by drawing on
the principles that they learned at this clinic.
Finally, I would like to emphasize that more
anesthesiologists should consider volunteering at free
clinics not only for philanthropic reasons, but also to
demonstrate to the community that we are in fact real
doctors with profound knowledge of general medicine.
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