USC’s Global Medicine Students Share a Day in the Life with Floating Doctors: Part 1

This past summer we had a number of amazing student groups join us in Panama. One of those was from the Master of Science in Global Medicine program at USC. A couple of the students from that group were willing to share their experience with us. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to […]

What is Leishmaniasis??

  Leishmaniasis (often called “leish” or ‘peeko de vay-hoo-co’ by the Ngabe) is a tropical skin infection found in Panama. In Panama, Leshmaniasis exists in a natural reservoir of sloths and anteaters and is then passed to humans by female sandflies (chitras).  Once infected, a small red bump will appear on the skin, turn into […]

Floating Doctors Welcomes Dr. Dan Evers Aboard!

At last, a veterinarian has come to stay!  Dr. Dan is a wonderful addition to the Floating Doctors team here in Panama–it is very hard to work in remote rural communities and see animals riddled with parasites or with horrible injuries that go untreated. Dan and his wife Cindy moved in right next door to […]

BULLDOGS IN BOCAS: Adventures of Reach Out Panama 2013

MARCH 10TH: TRAVEL AND FIRST DAY IN BOCAS DEL TORO The adventure began with a small group of eager travelers. We waited during these beginnings: waited for the train to take us into New York, waited to get out of the frigid cold airport, and waited to arrive at Panama. And after hours of travel, we […]

“The Long Run” by Tessa & Dennis Linderman

Early September mornings found us running through the streets of Bocas, trying to get a workout in before the heat of the day was upon us.  Volunteering with Floating Doctors for a month, we got to see a different side of Bocas in those early mornings.  We watched the firemen cleaning off their truck and […]

Dream Hopping: A Recount of How One Man’s Vision Changed My Life Forever –Blog by volunteer Graham Lichtman

It had been roughly 48 months since I first began working with Floating Doctors and 30 months since my last day on the Southern Wind. Strangely enough, after spending a semester and half helping to transform a dilapidated boat into a beaming vessel of hope, the feeling of wanting persisted. You see, amid all the […]

“But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts…” -Hippocratic Oath Blog by Dr. Claire Antoszewski

There comes a time in any journey, when initial prejudices have been shed and before nostalgia settles, when one can see things as they are. I spent the month of October working with Floating Doctors, and for me that moment came while traveling from Bocas town to Kusapin on the panga, the group’s small run-about […]

One Life…Length: Indeterminate. -by Dr. Ben

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,” I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss […]

“Boundaries” by Volunteer Rosabelle Conover

The balcony of the warehouse where I reside faces a swamp. As I drink my coffee in the morning, the roar of incoming airplanes at the airport on my left funnels hundreds of tourists to Bocas del Toro. On the right lies a mangrove swamp where the indigenous community of La Solucion teeters atop houses and shops built […]

Peace Corps Eye-View of A Floating Doctors Mission

“Lifeboat Chronicles” July 29, 2012 Blog by Las Tablas Peace Corps Volunteer Doug Martin Sometimes, early in the morning, the mist from overnight rain storms envelopes the town and hides her from outsiders.  Sometimes the murky brown waters of the Sixaola River creep higher and higher until they stumble up and over the only road […]