As a second year medical student, Julie Nguyen expected the clinical exposure she experienced in the DR’s hospital and local clinics. She did not, however, expect to keep a patient’s medication in her refrigerator, or to reflect on questions she had never asked herself. She also would not have guessed that her biggest takeaway would be what it was.
This article published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal is an example of why it’s important for us to operate with volunteers from various backgrounds. Dr. Catherine Spaulding, a 4th year resident in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Georgetown University recently served at Project Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, India. She shares many insightful reminders in this journal, on Our Role in Public Health: Taking a Global Perspective.
There is a growing awareness of ethical practices relevant to international service work. Good intentions alone are not adequate in properly addressing a community's needs. Louise Power, our Field Operations Manager in La Merced, Peru, is weighing in on effective and ethical approaches to volunteer abroad.