Several graduate students studying cytopathology at the University of Rhode Island spent 10 days in Peru as part of a course that examines the challenges of conducting cervical cancer screenings in developing nations.
While in Peru, the students received their first experience providing diagnoses to patients. They examined samples of cervical cells through a microscope and analyzed them for signs of cervical cancer and pre-cancerous lesions.
The experience wasn't without its challenges: The laboratory had only one donated computer, a processing machine that often broke down, and no system for organizing files, so the students often found themselves spending hours searching for a patient's record.
All agreed they're grateful for the experience.
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