In October 2018, the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry executed a mission trip to Panama City, Panama with the goal of providing necessary vision screenings and vision care for Panama’s underserved population. The trip was a collaboration by the faculty of the optometry school’s faculty and the school’s core service clubs – Lions Club, VOSH and NOSA. Mission trips are considered a privilege among the service club members; each club was allotted several spots on the trip and club leaders were allowed to select students who had demonstrated involvement and leadership within each organization. The bulk of the group was composed of third-year students, along with several second and fourth years.
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