Medical Mission in Nicaragua
January 30, 2013
Nhi Vo (Biology BS ’13/MS ’14) and Allen Ghareeb (BCM ’14) traveled with Global Medical Training in December to Nicaragua and Honduras. Global Medical Training, founded by Dr. Wil Johnson in 2003, makes about 30 trips per year to the Central American countries of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Groups of students (15 to 40) travel around one or more countries to help provide medical and dental services. Students get an orientation and then work with doctors in groups of 2-4 students to assess patients. Over time, students can gain the independence to assess patients by themselves. Currently there are 10 student organizations nation wide that are part of Global Medical Training.
Nhi Vo reflects on her experience - "Dazed and confused was the least you could say about how Allen and I felt stepping off the plane in Nicaragua, but the week long medical trip was one that challenged and inspired us. We traveled to five clinic sites in both Nicaragua and Honduras assisting doctors and dentists with over 700 patients. Despite the striking poverty and lack of medical care, it was humbling to see the strength and endurance of the Honduran and Nicaraguan people. The trip was a phenomenal experience to apply what we had learned at Bradley through a clinical lens as well as interacting with patients and hearing their stories. It was a privilege to do what we did and hopefully it won't be long before we can return!"
Nhi is currently completing her BS degree and is in the 4+1 BS/MS Biology program at Bradley. Allen Ghareeb is a Biochemistry major and is studying abroad this Spring.
You can get more information on Global Medical Training at http://gmtonline.org.
Nhi will talk about her travels and have a slide show on Friday, February 15 at 3 pm.