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Tajikistan family physicians visit Mayo Clinic

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Family physicians from Tajikistan explored Mayo Clinic Health System today to learn more about medicine and practices in the United States.

Tajikistan is in central Asia.  World services of La Crosse brought the ten doctors to the city as part of a large effort to increase availability and quality of family medicine in Tajikistan.  Wednesday the group learned how to do upper and lower body castings taught by a physician assistant from Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  The hope is for the students to learn about the medical practices here in the United States while at the same time teaching our health care providers how they address practices in their own country.

"Tajikistan has been developing family medicine for about 15 years and so this delegation who are selected by the state department are here looking at the delivery of primary care family medicine as well as the ways we both train and continue to educate family physicians in the United States," says Deborah Lutjen of World Services of La Crosse.

The group is here all week touring a number of health care organizations in La Crosse.  They are also meeting with health educators from Viterbo University and Western Technical College to gain insight on training nurses.

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