Project Yucatan 2017 Update
Thank you for contributing to the success of our Audiology Mission trip, Project Yucatan. This was the fifteenth year of this project, and the fifth year for University of Oklahoma students. Since that time, 30 University of Oklahoma students have participated. Thanks to your support, this year we were able to provide this experience to twelve students. Over our five days of providing services, we were able to test 1,414 people. Additionally, we provided hearing aid batteries and supplies to those who were in need.
Some student reflections:
“Every day, we loaded our equipment and traveled to remote villages of the Yucatan. We rotated through various stations of audiologic care equipment each day of the trip. By staying at one station each day, we were able to hone in on our skills and understand how to overcome the challenges that may present at each. More importantly, we were mentored on how to overcome challenges presented by patients with the different equipment. Competence in how to get the desired results regardless of the patient’s disability, age, or mood is important to become great clinicians.” Holly Jones, PY 2014
“My clinical skills were vastly expanded. When seeing so many patients, I was able to increase my testing speed, as well as, clinical knowledge that I had yet to experience. There are very few opportunities for health care humanitarian mission trips, and even fewer that are directly involved in audiologic practices; this is why this project is such a wonderful experience for young student clinicians like myself. I am very happy to say I am more comfortable with hands-on vestibular testing, especially positional testing due to my experience in the Yucatan.” Ashley Loney, PY 2016
“What I received from this trip was so much more than I originally had thought was possible. Not only did it allow me the opportunity to learn about a new culture and use the knowledge I have gained so far to help others, it also gave me the opportunity to grow my audiology skills further and bond with my classmates.” Sophia Dillon, PY 2017
“Project Yucatan was one of the best experiences I have ever been a part of. I was blessed with this wonderful opportunity to not help hundreds, but more than a thousand people in just five days. Having the ability to take the knowledge and skills I have developed over the past 2 years at OUHSC and put it to use for people who are in need and so thankful for what we do was really an eye opening experience. It not only made me grow as a person and future audiologist, but it really made me feel grateful for all that I have and for the field of audiology. Along the journey of Project Yucatan 2017, I met so many amazing people that were so excited to meet us and thank us for what we were providing for them. All the hugs and tears I experienced made up for the long, tiring days.” Nandini Jasrotia, PY 2017
Please accept our most sincere gratitude for your support.