What Did You Do This Summer?

Mark Hopkins, Jeremy Carter, and Elissa Trieu are second-year medical students, who had a fantastic experience this summer performing research and training emergency personnel for the third-largest city in Ecuador.


Mark contacted the Office of Student Experience to detail some more information about how and why the group spent the summer in Latin America:

“We went to Cuenca, Ecuador with the International Trauma System Development Program (ITSDP), and the VCU student branch of the Pan-American Trauma Society (PTS). Dr. Sudha Jayaraman, our mentor, and a VCU faculty trauma surgeon supervised the project and the excursion. We were fortunate to receive a stipend from the School of Medicine Dean’s Fund for Summer Research that covered our costs. The application for next summer would go through us now that we are research members of the club, but it would be limited to medical students (due to its nature.) However, VCU’s connection with the health schools in Cuenca would allow students from all parts of MCV to have an opportunity to serve there.”

To read Mark, Jeremy, and Elissa’s first-hand accounts of living and working in Ecuador, visit their blog. They have also been featured in a VCU Health News article, which you can view here.

Did you do something this summer that you would like to share with the Health Sciences student population? The Office of Student Experience wants to hear from you! Send an email to studentexp@vcu.edu  with a few details about your experience, and you might be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

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