My experiences in La Merced helped shine a light on my true calling and gave me the confidence I needed to be open to changing the career path I had originally laid out for myself. Every week, I visited a nearby mountain community called Shawan Rama. We would always arrive to an empty and quiet place but, after a few minutes, the children would come running up to greet us, eager to learn something new and participate in a fun activity. I fell in love with this special group of children.
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.
Wonder what FIMRC Summer International Health Fellows were up to this summer? Check out this array of community-focused, sustainable health programs led by our amazing Fellows! They dedicated their summers to this long-term Fellowship, and the impact they’ve helped create is nothing short of impressive.