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.
The second session of the renowned Summer International Health Fellowship is coming to an end, and our SIHFers have been busy! They've climbed literal mountains every week to serve medically underprivileged communities. This summer has started off strong with a number of initiatives that will last long after these Fellows depart.