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May 29th 2015
Published: May 29th 2015
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Our larger than life residents and Dr. Gauger walking to the hospital Friday afternoon.
May 29, 2015 (Chengdu, Sichuan, China) Friday morning started out in a lazy relaxed way as we recuperated from our jet lag. After the buffet breakfast the team went for a brisk walk for what turned out to be a spectacular day for weather - high 70's, clear air and a substantial portion of the sky was blue after the smog had cleared with the rainfall last night. The Department Chair (Dr. Wu), the former head of the Sichuan Blindness Prevention Office (Mrs. Zhung) and Dr. Liz Gauger (the current Global Eye Care Fellow) joined us for lunch at the hotel. At 2:00 PM we headed back to SPPH (the hospital) a 10 minute walk away. Here we divided into two teams to focus on the two issues we're working on: 1) academic exchange with their resident training program and 2) assessing the viability of the Sichuan Provincial Eye Institute (SPEI) plan we developed with them a while back. Dr. Farris and I met with Drs. Wu to review much of the work that had been done over the last few years in preparation for a meeting with SPPH leadership on Monday. Along with help from Dr. Man Yu and Ms.
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Not to be taken for granted (neither is our fearless leader - Dr. Farris).
Sophia We had detailed and extensive discussions again on space, equipment needs, budgets, requirements and business models for sustainability. I wasn't really prepared for all this, but fortunately had a hard drive with a lot of our previous work on it, so we dusted off some excel spreadsheets from before and really got quite a lot accomplished.

The evening culminated with a welcome dinner hosted by one of the Hospital Vice-Presidents and Dr. Wu. These are such gracious hosts and with two massive round tables our team met with leadership, faculty, residents and some staff from the SPPH ophthalmology department. Its a great mixer - for us to revisit old friends, for the new residents to get a social hour with the people they'll spend a lot of time with this next week. The food is always over the top...somewhere between 20-30 dishes of every form of Sichuan delicacy, much of it very spicy hot. It all ends up in layers of stacked dishes on the lazy Susan tables. Dinner is sprinkled with rounds of gracious toasts both by the hosts and by us recognizing the friendships we've forged over the years. Discussions at the table reiterated our hosts'
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Drs. Liz Gauger, Jonathan Walgama, Anil Patel and Jared Jackson in the background.
regrets that the project hadn't moved forward as far as planned, but all seemed optimistic that the timing was right to make it happen this year. With that optimistic sense, we enjoyed a spectacular evening walk back to the hotel with our hosts.

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Note computer hard at work remembering 24 months of negotiations.
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Dr. Farris, Dr. Wu, Dr. Man Yu, and Dr. Sophia Qiu (a PhD from Harvard's School of Public Health who has been helping with our team for over ten years!)

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