– [Announcer] El Salvador, ready? – Welcome, to Doctor
Mike’s El Salvador trip. Hey. (upbeat music plays) (laughing) – [Dr. Oz.] You believe docs
need to lead by example, but actually exercise with their patients, to sort of prime the pump. – Exactly, so what we did was, we did a study in my hospital called Exercise with your physician. Where we try to see if it would motivate patients to start an exercise
regimen with their doctors. And what we actually found was, they become more motivated,
they start exercising more on their own, even after
the study has concluded. Hey guys, what’s up? Doctor Mike here, when I talked about this study on Doctor Oz,
people got excited about it. Americares heard about my idea of this practice where you prescribe program and they said “look we have 1000 “clinics all across the United States, “why don’t we see if in a
country like El Salvador, “you can pilot this program,
do a feasibility trial” and I was blessed with that opportunity from Americares to be able to do that. On my first day arriving in El Salvador, I noticed that the people
were incredibly welcoming. And it surprised me because I didn’t know how I would be welcomed. They took me to the hotel were
I was staying in San Miguel. After we dropped off our
things we said, okay let’s go to the Americares clinic in Usulutan, which is far on the coast. I couldn’t believe my eyes what I saw when I got there. The entire staff of the Americares clinic. Nurses, doctors, receptionists,
they all wore white coats. Very buttoned up, were
all standing in line, to welcome me to their
clinic, and to their country. Every since I stepped foot in El Salvador and in your clinic here today, I felt welcomed like
I’ve never been welcomed in my life before. The country obviously deals with a lot of poverty because of
gang issues, corruption, but also because of
it’s turbulent history. In the 1980’s they had
a very bad civil war that cost thousands of lives. They had devastating
earthquakes months apart. Actually one month apart, that left thousands of people homeless. A lot of the people that lived there, they’re in poverty. They don’t have well
stabilized structures. They live in houses that
they built themselves. An average salary is something like $300 a month in El Salvador. So, people really know
how to stretch dollar. (cheerful music plays) When we started this exercise program, patients had their reservations, some of the doctors had reservations. Some of the patients were suffering with knee pain, arthritis. They said, “how can we
do these exercises?” I remember there was a
child with down syndrome, and the mother was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to
follow the directions. The beauty of this program is, we have doctors present at all times. So the doctors were able to be there, establish a good relationship
with these patients, guide them so they’re
not hurting themselves. So they’re performing the
exercises in the right way. Everybody got excited. The patients were excited,
the doctors were excited. At the end of the classes,
we were taking group selfies. I could see smiles on peoples faces. I could see them saying,
I can bring this back to my community, my village. And we can do this weekly. We don’t need fancy weights or machines. All we need is to dedicate 30 minutes, four times a week, and we can change the course of our lives. Everybody on three has to scream, I am an athlete. Uno, dos, tres. – [Class] Soy un atleta. (cheerful music plays) What I was able to bring
to the Americares clinic in El Salvador, was evidence based care. In America, whenever a doctor tell you “hey you have this ailment,
this is the treatment for it” that’s based on a recommendation. And the strongest level of
recommendation comes from, Meta-Analysis. Which is a grouping of
best, high quality studies. These doctors in El Salvador, were fascinated by the idea that, you can open your phone, and look up medication, dosages, what was proven to work better than others. It really serves as a way
to improve the quality of medicine they deliver every single day. (speaks in foreign language) Those doctors are
incredibly passionate about what they do everyday. They get to know their patients
on an individual level. And from there, they create a plan. And really that’s the smart way to do it. All this evidence based approach that I’ve talked about is great. But that’s population medicine. That’s a great foundation
for your knowledge. But then how to apply it to the individual sitting in front of you, is really the way to practice medicine. So watching these
experienced clinicians work, I’ll be it with the help of a translator, because my Spanish isn’t that great. (speaks in foreign language) Was truly a unique and
rewarding experience. So no big deal, we’re just in the middle of a huge volcano. (upbeat music plays) Obviously I spent the majority of my time in the Americares clinic, but I also tried to spend as much time as I could outside of the clinic. Visiting the local communities. Visiting the beautiful
scenery that El Salvador has to offer. And what I found was, this country is a hidden treasure. (cheerful music plays) I’m not just protecting this goal, I’m protecting your health. All in all, this was
such an incredible trip. To all the beautiful
people of El Salvador, and all the tremendous staff in the Americares organization, I owe you a huge thank you. Oh my God. Doesn’t this hurt your head? They put up my name written
in beans, yes beans. – [Driver] Now make me look sexy. – [Mike] That’s easy (laughing)
– [Driver] That’s easy. – You got me on camera? – [Cameraman] Oh yeah. – Watch me roll. (laughing) – Apparently Mike likes these cookies. – [Mike] Yes! Hey guys, thanks for watching. If you haven’t already, hit that subscribe button now to get new videos every week.


  1. I'm sharing This video with a someone in California who goes on mission trips. I told him about you and sharing the contact you left here. His name is Mr. Patrick Williams. Please connect with him

  2. Hi Dr. Mike, I’ll be in the Peace Corps next year in Panama and I hope that I can do all types of amazing programs where I help others and uplift people. Even though I’m not in the Medical field, I find your videos very informative and powerful! Thanks for being so positive!

  3. that's such an inspiring trip. it's such heartwarming to see you help the less fortunate people in El Salvador. it seemed that you have so much fun there. oh. I envy you. the kid is so cute. anyway not to offense or anything why all the down syndrome have pretty similar faces?

  4. You inspire me Dr. Mike. This Program is amazing. I hope to be a doctor/PA in my future and when I get my license, I plan to implement this program.

  5. @4:40…I totally started crying seeing that man smile after looking at the ultrasound. I didn't know a program like this existed, and I think it's so wonderful that you participated in this. Thanks for trying help everyone be happy and healthy all over the world! =D

  6. Wow!! I've been following you for around 5 months now and I had No idea you had come to my country. I'm both impressed and glad! 😊

  7. Hi Doctor Mike,
    Thank you for sharing
    I like your videos very much, I subscribed to your channel and I will share it too.
    I am sure that the people from El Salvador also thank you very much.
    Your Spanish is good!

    If you want me I can share with you some basic expressions everyday

    Keep up you amazing work!

  8. OMGGGGGG I'm binge watching and you're in my homeland💛💛🧡🧡 you're amazing God bless you and all other doctors helping in the pulgarcito de america

  9. Thank you Dr. Mike for your amazing work. For being humble and so caring. For bringing your knowledge where people most need it. I’m Hispanic and this touches my heart deeply! Gracias!! God bless you!!

  10. OMG, I live so close from the hotel you stayed and had no idea you were here! I want to thank you for coming to El Salvador and helping our communities. We are friendly people who will welcome anyone with good intentions at heart. I hope you follow up on you visit and spread the word about the hidden gem my country truly is. I'm sending a virtual hug for you and Bear🤗.
    Keep inspiring the world to be healthy and be happy😀

  11. i wish you were my doctor, i don't usually go to doctors cuz, well i only think you should ever go to one if your are ill, and tbh i think they're scary. but if doctors are more like you, i'd go regulary. 🙂

  12. I know this is like 2 years later but………. Who Else is El Salvadoran because I am I wasn’t born there but like 70% of my family is sooooo

  13. I been watching you for a while and I just discovers this video. This would forever be my favorite video of you. I am so grateful you picked a country like El Salvador. This is my home town and seeing a person like you do good things to my country warms my heart out. Thank you.


  15. Even though I'm not Salvadoran, I lived there since I was a baby until high school so I consider there as my home. This video made me happy to know that there are doctors who care for third world countries and their health situation. I heard that right now in El Salvador, the government can't help public hospitals, so I hope to hear for more medical missions to happen. Thanks doctor Mike, for showing your experience in there 🙂

  16. wow this is an amazing thoughtful move for patients by u doc….i loved it…nd vl try my best to apply it in my healthcare centre…

  17. Kind hearted, smart, caring, speaks Russian, some Spanish and is a doctor. Is there anything this man can’t do? Oh plus he’s very easy on the eye too. 😉

  18. Hello Dr Mike, you're so amazing.keep it up! You're not such a hot Dr but with a good heart. You really an inspiration to all people.wanna you in person.God bless you always.Love you Dr Mike.

  19. All Latin America countries are a nature like treasure and we must keep it straight that way, I hope one day when I finish med school I can go to those places to know people and also to help, a lot. Nice video I never saw it until now.

  20. That was a huge help for those families, I know they needed a lot. I just found your channel and I really like it. Btw I'm from Ecuador
    Please you must learn spanish it can be a good way to comunicate with other people and learn other cultures.

  21. You are really a great person
    You make people feel happy and self confident
    I like to be a doctor
    It is my dream when I was a child
    And you also still encouraged me to study more and more to save lives
    You are a good example to follow

  22. Dr. Mike it’s so nice that you visited this beautiful country. I was born and lived in El Salvador for eight years. You’re an amazing and caring doctor. I’m happy to see that you knew some things about the country and that you didn’t think of it as a bad place because of the violence and crime. I believe that El Salvador is more than that and I definitely agree that it’s a “hidden treasure”. Right now I’m only 18 years old and I do have a dream of becoming a doctor one day. Just wanted you to know that your caring actions and dedication definitely inspire me😄

  23. My whole family is from El Salvador and I’m truly proud that someone is finally doing something to help my country out. I’m an amazed and inspired. Every since I was little I always wanted to help people and be a doctor and that will be my goal in life. Thank you so much for what you are doing!!

  24. Thank You So Much Doctor Mike For What You Do and What You Did Here In El Salvador, Me Being Originally From San Salvador, El Salvador (Still being a US Resident) I Took This To My Heart and wanted to say Thank You ❤

  25. I watched this after seeing your travel tips video. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE your content. But I wish this one had as much attention as the others. Do you see yourself going back to El Salvador or any other countries to continue work like this?

  26. I just found this video. Crazy. This is where my parents are from and is amazing to see how wonderful people are trying to better their lives with what they have. Thank you for showing this amazing country of mine.

  27. Dr. Mike, I am from El Salvador and just wanna thank you for coming all the way from the States not only to help but bring joy to my people. El Salvador as you said, is a hidden treasure but not everyone has the guts you had to come and explore it. Gracias!

  28. Doctor Mike you are making such an impact in this world ,be it little or huge, its GREAT!👊🙌

  29. How incredible to take a trip to other places around the world and with helping people.
    As a disabled person if Kaiser got their lazy doctors to do this I wouldn’t be afraid to use our gym membership because I have JRA, and 3 back surgeries who knows what I can do safely or what will hurt me because walking and sitting is so painful with pain meds.

  30. I hope and wish you get as much love in your life as you give to other people, including us your followers….

  31. Am I the only Salvadoran? 🇸🇻
    Edit: Thank you for visiting El Salvador, I subbed because of this video 🙂

  32. People know how to stretch a dollar..:)these people don’t have much but themselves and that makes them thankful and positive..isn’t this beautiful to doesn’t always comes to money

  33. Click on this video and the first thing that pops up is his beautiful face.

    But anyways, this was so wonderful to see. You have a heart of gold. Thank you for letting us be a part of this. ❤️

  34. I loved it when you said "I am not just protecting the ball,I am protecting ur health"👌👌

  35. I went to El Salvador in 2013 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ they forever hold a special in my heart ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  36. Dr. Mike, if you ever get the chance to travel to another country for a similar purpose, you should go to Armenia😊. I’m sure you’d enjoy the trip, not only because it’s so close to where you’re from, but also because you’d be able to help so many people there.

  37. i hate that people only know you as instagrams hottes dr. you’re definitely hot but i feel like that discredits everything you’ve spent years working for.

  38. So glad you liked El Salvador! I hope you can come again soon to share your knowledge to help the people that most need it and also have lots of fun exploring our country 🙂

  39. Hey, I'm from El Salvador, very cool to see you came here and I didn't even had a clue 😅 thanks for coming and giving some love to our small country ❤️

  40. Wow! I just recently started watching your videos, maybe that is why I had no idea you came to my country. Now I admire you more, if that's even possible.
    It is really rare to see someone so passionate and genuinely happy with what they do.
    You are so welcome to come back anytime.

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