School of Medicine
This medical mission trip to Guatemala will consist of an interdisciplinary team based in San Lucas Toliman. From there we will travel to surrounding rural villages each day providing basic primary care and simple bedside procedures to over 1,000 patients.
Every time I volunteer. whether it be at free clinics in New Jersey or in Washington, DC or whether it be one of many trips abroad, I learn more about myself and the people that will one day be in my care; as a result my commitment to serve those in need is strengthened. This elective will allow me to serve a community I already know and love in a very different way. as a doctor. Guatemala holds a special place in my heart, so I cannot think of a better opportunity and place than this in which to experience my first medical mission trip as an actual doctor.
Now that I am developing my doctoring skills, I will soon be able to not only serve, but teach. which I think is crucial in helping foreign countries that are still developing their medical system. I am excited about the "Health Promoters" program where I will be able to teach local villagers basic health principals and skills to bring back to the communities. Continuing to participate in a medical mission trip as a resident will strengthen my comfort and knowledge of developing nation medicine as well my experience with medical mission trips and making medicine haooen in resource poor.
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