Vena La Pena: Physician Assistant Student Does Clinical Rotation in Peru

by Tom McNamara | Jul 22, 2014

Manchay, Peru

DeSales physician assistant student Anthony Ngo did a clinical rotation in Peru. He wrote a blog about his experiences for any student considering international learning.

Follow Tony's blog here.

And in his own words:

“Vena La Pena” is a phrase that my preceptor in Manchay, Peru taught me during lunch, which roughly translates into “it’s worth it.” The friendly people, the smiles at the clinic, and the experience of a new culture are just few of the reasons why my rotation in Manchay was worthwhile.  The local people welcomed me into their homes to eat, to laugh, to dance, and to be a part of their families.  In their presence, the bleak and dusty landscape of Manchay was replaced with feelings of community and optimism.

Manchay is located on the desert outskirt of Lima, Peru.  It was first a squatter community with wooden shacks built on land never meant for human settlements.  Today, Manchay is developing, but its people continue to face issues of inadequate housing, sanitation, and access to clean water.  It is with the help of many organizations, particularly the Catholic Church, which has helped the city survive and progress.

The people of Peru provided me with new perceptions of the world and medicine that has humbled me.  At the very least, I hope that I put smiles on patients’ faces and aided in the clinical decisions of my preceptors. 


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