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Review for China California Heart Watch, Silverado, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing as a medical professional. I'm an American professor of clinical medicine and have volunteered 3 times with China Cal. This year, I have obtained a grant from Am College of Chest Physicians for CCHW to host a training course for the village "doctors" in Yunnan. I will personally teach some of these courses.
When deciding whether to volunteer for CCHW or any other organization, I look at 2 things: 1) whether the activity of the organization benefits those in need; 2) whether my donation/devotion will generate real impact. With these, I approached CCHW 3 years ago. SInce then, I've become more involved.

China has made significant advances in economy over the last few decades. However, it still lacks proper health care for its rural population. In some villages with populations exceeding one thousand, there is only one "doctor", usually a high school graduate with little to no medical training.

As such, CCHW is a prime opportunity for students looking to make a difference. First off, CCHW gives students the skills to perform physical examinations. These skills are immediately put to use; Students volunteers screen school children for congenital heart disease and villagers for hypertension. In my trip, I led 7 students, some of whom were high schoolers from Canada and USA, and all became quite comfortable at picking up a heart murmur at the end of the 3-week period.

Although volunteers work in a very rural area, CCHW tries to arrange decent accommodation. Some inconvenience is unavoidable. Nevertheless, in addition to work satisfaction, volunteers get to enjoy Yunnan's scenic environment.

In summary, volunteering with CCHW is a rewarding experience for all participants. In addition to the benefits of doing meaningful work, the experience of CCHW is also sure to assist prospective students with achieving more in their medical careers.

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