"If you feel passionately about international health, serving the
underserved, and growing as a health care provider, all you have to
do is block off the time and step outside the box. After one trip,
I knew this was something I felt called to do. Medicine is a
profession of service whether to your community or the world around
you. Make sure you make time for that."
Salwa Sulieman, Chief Resident
"I believe international service becomes more
fulfilling when you have a specific project in mind. However, it
likely will take multiple trips in order to understand the culture
and implement your design, which can become frustrating to
Americans looking for an immediate result."
Kate Chastain (Alumni, 2010)
"For any resident interested in an international
elective or longer-term practice in a foreign country, the
experience at St. Gabriel's is excellent. The physicians and nurses
at the hospital are very welcoming and helpful. The patient
population will introduce you to a whole new range of tropical
diseases with opportunities for independent decision making with
available guidance from an attending physician."
Tracy Hall, Chief Resident
Marideth Rus (Alumni, 2010)
"I lived the day-to-day life as others do in a
third-world country. My trip to Peru will always be remembered as
the trip that made me appreciate the gifts I have been given in
life more than any other experience."
Carrie Dell (Alumni, 2010)
"I gained much more than I gave in Lesotho. I
was reminded of how much suffering occurs daily in many parts of
the world. Most of the children I saw were battling AIDS and had
lost one or both of their parents to the same disease. Yet, the
children continued to smile and the families were gracious for
everything the doctors at the clinic were trying to do. It is very
humbling to see so many people making the best of horrible
situations. At that same time, it serves as an inspiration to value
all of the opportunities available and to work harder, learn more
and give back to those who may need it."
Jennifer Goldman (Alumni, 2009)
"International Electives are invaluable
personally and professionally. You will see differences in culture,
medical diagnosis and medical treatment that will stay with you
throughout all your years in medicine."
Jenna Miller (Alumni, 2010)
"I am truly thankful to live in a country where
technology and access to health care is possible. I wish any parent
who does not want to vaccinate his/her child could spend one day in
an underdeveloped country to see children suffering from tetanus,
meningitis, pneumonia and so many other preventable diseases. I'm
starting to process all of this, what it means and how it applies.
It's not that the mothers in Ghana love their babies any less or
that they are any less excited when they are expecting. They live
in a country where health care and access is limited and disease is
Jennifer Flint (Alumni, 2010)
" It was a wonderful experience to see how
medicine is practiced elsewhere in the world! It was also quite
enlightening to see the path of residents in another country. The
nice thing was also to compare medicine with another
Alan Chan (Alumni, 2011)