Location: Hospital 108, Hanoi; Quang Dien Rural Hospital; various rural clinics
How long was the ultrasound-related portion of your trip? 2 weeks
How many UCI medical students were a part of your team? 6
Did you conduct ultrasound research? If so, what type? Ultrasound education/training
When was your first team meeting to plan for your trip? 1/26/2014
When did your group submit their IRB? 6/24/2014
What types of clinical activities did you participate in aside from ultrasound? Shadowing (medicine), Shadowing (surgery), Patient intake (interview, vitals, preparation to see provider), Patient ultrasound (not related to research or educational training)
Who set-up your living arrangements for the ultrasound portion of your trip? The organization/institution I volunteered/worked for
How much did you pay for your living accommodations (total)? $400-499
How much did your roundtrip airfare cost? $1700-1899
Did the funds from UCI SOM for international summer travel cover your total airfare and accommodations (not including food) for the ultrasound portion of your trip? Yes
How many UCI SOM ultrasound machines did your group check out? 2
How many non-UCI SOM ultrasound machines did your group use on your trip? 1
Where did any non-UCI machines come from? Funds donated from family/friends were used to purchase a used Sonosite 180 plus ultrasound machine that we donated to a rural hospital after our workshops.
How long did it take you to pack (approximately)? 12+ hours
Any additional ultrasound supplies or resources your team would have liked?
Ultrasound portable printer would have been useful to include pictures on patient charts.
In retrospect, is there anything you would have done differently on your trip?
bring the right gastrointestinal medications; submitting IRB earlier, checking in with IRB on a weekly basis, and ensuring that everything gets approved BEFORE the trip.
Recommendations for those going to the same place next summer:
Bring crispy $100 bills for exchange at banks (won’t take smaller bills or folded bills).
Bring imodium and cipro.
Work with Hospital 108 for great shadowing/educational experience and good hosts
Bring less clothes, pack lightly.