Medical Students Working Abroad With Different Cultures

Medical Students Working Abroad With Different Cultures

Medical Students working in Honuras and Kenya

2011 Medical Rotation in Honduras

Pictured above are the four students who traveled to Honduras in the Summer of 2011. They are from left to right: Ivy Norris, Aakrita Mehta, Jeremy Snyder, and Sarah Hawkins.
2011 Honduras Rotation Students

The University of Louisville School of Medicine (ULSOM) month long Honduras rotation exists to provide students with the opportunity to observe and participate in the provision of health care to an under-served population in a hospital based in El Progreso, Honduras. Through this rotation, occurring between the first and second year of medical school, participating students are exposed to myriad illnesses (both unique to the patient population and common diseases seen in the US) and subsequently become involved in the treatment surrounding such illnesses. In addition to comprehensive clinical learning and exposure, students spend 4 weeks immersed in the Spanish language and culture, including a home-stay experience.

These students have already begun to realize the magnitude of impact that the rotation has had and will have on our medical careers. We all feel more equipped to succeed in the 2nd year curriculum. We have developed clinical skills such as mastery of the patient interview, suturing techniques, and baby deliveries, which often are not learned or practiced until the 3rd year of medical school. Perhaps most importantly, we have seen a uniquie aspect of healthcare, as it is practiced in an under-served setting with limited resources. As such, we all have been enlightened and encouraged to pursue a lifelong career of medicine practiced both conscientiously and compassionately with the united goal and pursuit of humanistic medicine.

UofL Medical School Students go to Kenya (July 2011)

Medical Student with baby

The University of Louisville School of Medicine (ULSOM) sponsors the Kenya Medical Mission Program. Dr. Mary Carter, Facutly Sponsor, and Amanda Jo Lott, Student Program Director, provide leadership for the program that provided medical care for adults and children during two mission trips in 2011. Another trip is already being planned for 2012. After 7 months of preparation, 2nd year medical students make this amazing journey.

Kenya medical Mission Program

Kenya Medical Mission Program Students

The Kenya Medical Mission Program is a 2 1/2 week medical mission that takes place in Mombasa, Knya and surrounding areas. The program was launched in 2010 by Amanda Jo Lott (Class of 2013), Student Program Director, and Dr. mary Carter, Faculty Sponsor. The team sees an average of 1,200 plus patients. Preparation for the trip lasts approximately 7 months and includes training in burn wound care, baby delivery, IV catheter placement, tropical and infectious diseases, and basic pharmacology. Approximately 10 rising 2nd year studnets go each year.

Work in Kenya includes pharmaceutical work and family medicine practice. Challenges typically faced by the studetns while in Kenya include trying to see and treat whole families together without an actual "Physical Exam Room" and very little equipment, running out of daylight to see all the patients that have waited all day, and obtaining enough medicines for all the patients that are seen there. The trip does include a small 1 and 1/2 day break during which the students go on a safari in the Kenya Pride-land!

Mary Beth Johnson (Class of 2014), 2011 Team Leader, guided the newest team to Mtwapa, Kenay July 21- August 5, 2011. For more information about joining hte team for this rewarding experience, please contact Amanda Jo Lott at or (502) 797-5688.