March 15, 2012 (Oklahoma City, OK) We're at the Will Rogers World Airport ready to embark for the other side of the world. Meeting up with the entire team members - still not sure how many are going. Our DMEI team is 4 people: Dr. Farris, Dr. Hobbs, Dr. Adesina and myself (Hobbs and Adesina are senior residents). We're all counting on Adesina (of Nigerian heritage) to guide us through this trip, but I think he's more Okie than Nigerian! He said he stands out in Nigeria too...because he's bigger than most Nigerians. Ron Hobbs thinks its because his parents fed him too much. I think it's because he wears a USA baseball cap!
Lots of luggage with strange medical equipment and supplies. We got it all checked through just fine...now we'll see how easy it is to get through customs in South Africa and Swaziland!
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in West China, Swaziland and Peru. Sponsored by the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) these trips support the existing eye care infrastructure in the countries we visit with additional clinical care, educational exchanges and research. The program is an integrated component of the DMEI Global Eye Care Program (http://gec1.org) with outreach into West China, Swaziland and Peru as well as local program to underserved populations in Oklahoma.... full info