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Student Pharmacists Participate in Service Learning Trip to Haiti

From left to right: Sing Ping Chow, Dr. Susan Walsh, Dr Juanita Bruce, Albert Hong, Lauren Stambolic

From left to right: Sing Ping Chow, Dr. Susan Walsh, Dr Juanita Bruce, Albert Hong, Lauren Stambolic

The Global Health Leadership Office at the UIC College of Nursing organizes Inter-professional Service Learning trips to Haiti three times a year with the most recent being from August 7 to August 14, 2017. Pharmacy students from both Chicago and Rockford campuses served patients in a clinic directed by Mountain Top Ministries, a Haitian directed, non-profit organization that supports primary health care in the mountain village of Gramothe, Haiti. Over the course of 7 days, nearly 1,000 patients were seen and treated for various medical conditions including both acute care and chronic conditions.

The trip was facilitated by Dr. Susan Walsh, clinical professor at UIC College of Nursing, along with other practitioners to provide students hands-on experience in women’s health, pediatrics, adult/geriatric care, dermatology and wound care. Pharmacy students had valuable inter-professional opportunities to work closely with nurse practitioners and students as a cohesive medical team. Dr. Juanita Bruce, a UIC College of Pharmacy alum, lead the pharmacy in the clinic and supervised students in verifying and dispensing prescription orders.  

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