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Individual Student Experiences Funded by CGEI
"Above all, the relationships and conversations I have had during my brief time in this part of the world have been truly amazing. Saroeun Sek, IJM’s lead lawyer in the Cambodian office, is a case study in inspiration and fortitude in the fight against injustice."
Joshua Carback, School of Law, Cambodia Summer 2016
"The trip to Rwanda was incredible on many levels. On a professional level, seeing the way health care and dentistry is done in Rwanda informed my understanding of dentistry in the United States. Going on the trip with a pharmacy student and working with pharmacy, medical, and dental students gave me a greater big-picture understanding of the health care field that I am part of. Continuing to work on the projects we started in Rwanda is very exciting, and I am personally grateful for all the learning and experience this trip afforded me!"
Rebecca Salzman, School of Dentistry, Rwanda 2015
“Participating in the interprofessional global health experience reinvigorated my passion for working in the Baltimore community. From a global perspective, I learned that our world is large and our cultures may be different, but we can learn from each other to improve the conditions in our own communities. I learned that working collaboratively with other disciplines is an effective approach to tackling complex issues that negatively affect our communities. Experiential learning has had a great impact on my educational experience and my professional practice. I am a better person and nurse because of it.”
Rachael Parran, School of Nursing, Israel 2015
"In working with clinicians and educators, we, as physical therapists, can effect change on a very human level through promoting function and movement as well as developing cross-cultural ties in this ever-diversifying global community."
Samatha DuFlo, School of Medicine-Physical Therapy, Malawi 2013
"Through my experience, I learned the impact of resource availability on the concept of professional responsibility. In the United States, we tend to define professionalism and professional responsibility as a personal or moral choice. However, in underdeveloped or developing countries, it is based on the availability of resources and governmental investment — things that professionals tend to have little control over."
Catherine Lee, School of Law, Malawi Law Project 2015
"After working with other students and interacting with patients and health care professionals in Malawi, I finally gained some understanding of the inextricable link between culture, politics, and the provision of health care. I now understand that when it comes to health care, what seems to be a simple problem with easy solutions may not be simple at all — it may have some underlying complicated social, cultural, and political causes, all of which must be considered in order to develop effective, culturally acceptable solutions. This experience helped me to finally understand why treatable and preventable infectious diseases continue to be a major problem in many developing countries."
Wilhelmina Lord-Adem, School of Pharmacy, Malawi 2014
"The interprofessional grant provided an incredible opportunity to be immersed in Hong Kong culture and to see firsthand how end-of-life care is provided there. The experience allowed for a more well-rounded understanding of our own fields of study as well as those of our interdisciplinary team."
— Eric Leikus, School of Nursing
"I learned a lot from the Hong Kong nurses and health providers from different hospitals and how comprehensive their palliative services are. I was especially touched by stories told by families of a patient and how good nursing care can really change someone's life."
— Kwan Ngai, School of Dentistry
Hong Kong 2015
"I learned that there are more similarities than differences in the health care delivery practices in the USA and Ghana. Nurses and midwives struggled with issues of stigma and disclosure among the HIV/AIDS patient population. These same struggles exist in the USA. While there seems to be a stigma associated with HIV/AIDS overall in Ghana, I did not observe stigmatization from the health care providers. I think we have something to learn from the nurses and midwives who work in an empathetic, encouraging, and non-judging way with the HIV/AIDS patient population."
Natalie Mette-Bory, School of Nursing, Ghana 2015
“I am a more sympathetic individual. I returned with a passion for public health and knowing how pharmacy fits into the bigger picture, having seen a glimpse of the pharmaceutical distribution system through the hospitals and clinics largely due to PEPFAR funding. While Malawi and other developing countries may not have the same access or funding for health resources as the U.S., the people there strive toward health and happiness to the best of what is available to them.”
Alicia Chen, School of Pharmacy, Malawi 2010
“[Here] you see me working with a Rwandan dental student on waxing a tooth as part of his Dental Anatomy and Occlusion course. At UMB, we have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and use overhead operatory lights, Bunsen burners, and personally issued sets of waxing instruments in order to shape the anatomy of the teeth. In Rwanda, the students were sharing candles and using a limited number of instruments, many of which were not designed for waxing or were broken. Despite the limited resources, the majority of the students were not only able to produce impressive wax-ups but also demonstrated an enthusiastic passion toward their dental studies. The month in Rwanda was an amazing eye-opener, and an enriching cultural and professional experience." Rwanda 2014
"I researched Rwanda before traveling and became interested in the people’s attitude toward Paul Kagame, who has been in power for years. A Rwandan colleague told me, 'He is very popular here because he has shown people that they can live above their differences.' It’s hard for people like me who have grown up with an abundance of civil liberties to understand how people can be happy with so many rules: You can’t walk on the grass or in parks, there is no street art or street vendors or music playing. However, the more I learned of Rwanda’s history, especially the genocide, the more I understood his point. After years of fighting and conflict, whatever semblance of peace you can have is worth preserving."
Brooke Hyman, School of Medicine, Rwanda 2015
"The most valuable experience I had through this internship with the African Federation for Emergency Medicine was meeting and working with some of the most dedicated people in emergency care and global health."South Africa 2015
"I am incredibly grateful for my time in India. It helped me understand that my home is where I am, whether that is India, the U.S., Colombia. ... Wherever my heart is, there is my home."India 2016
"This renal transplant rotation at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has motivated me to continue doing outreach events to promote kidney disease awareness, education, and strategies for preventing the development and progression toward end-stage kidney disease."Australia 2016
"I assisted the Biosensor team in experiments to develop a novel diagnosis platform capable of detecting different disease states, which is expected to be a simple, low-cost, and field-friendly detection system. Through these experiments, I learned to appreciate the time and effort put into the research process and how to interpret research data and think critically."South Korea 2016
"This experience has been enormously transformative for me in equipping me with practical experience in engaging legal and policy issues related to combatting transnational organized crime."Cambodia 2016
"I learned about and was involved in all components of international research including study design, development, implementation, data collection, sampleMalawi 2016
tracking, data monitoring, data cleaning, and sample analysis."
"I plan to incorporate this new global perspective into my research agenda. I have decided to shift my dissertation topic to a focus on environmental justice through an examination of the disproportionate impact of environmental policies on disenfranchised populations.”India 2016
"By working with health care professionals in Egypt, I learned how to adapt to a completely different work environment and more importantly how to work with other cultures and backgrounds. This helped me become a more well-rounded and open-minded student pharmacist."Egypt 2016
“This global health experience has allowed me to shift my focus of medicine to include community and public health issues and to expand my exposure to the practice of medicine beyond local boundaries.”India 2016
"I learned from conversations with well-established employees, as well as from the magnitude of my own tasks, that meaningful international work requires an understanding of pressing issues at the local level."Switzerland 2016
Allegra LichaucoHonduras 2016
Michael KlausnerRwanda 2016