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First-year medical students provide hands-on care to people of Panama

Thirteen first-year medical students from Penn State College of Medicine and their professor pose for a photo on San Cristobal Island in Panama. Behind them are a palm tree, the ocean and part of the island extending into the water. Most of the students are wearing scrubs.

Penn State College of Medicine students who worked on the island of San Cristobal pose for a photo.

By Jennifer Vogelsong

Grant Wandling had never left the U.S. before an April trip that had him sleeping in hammocks, making due with no running water and providing medical care to the indigenous Ngabe people of Panama.

He was one of 20 first-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine who completed their primary care preceptorship on the remote islands of Panama’s Bocas del Toro province. Drs. Bill and Eileen Hennrikus, both professors at the College of Medicine, led the 10-day trip with eight other professors.

“It really reminds you that there are people outside of the United States who are in great need of treatment,” Wandling said. “We not only saw a lot of medical problems, we also saw another culture.”

The Hennrikus couple began leading the Panama trips seven years ago when students requested it so they could gain experience in international health without committing to Penn State College of Medicine’s four-year global health curriculum. It has grown into an accredited medical school course.


May 29, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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