In May, 25 students, three alumni, and three faculty in Arcadia’s Physician Assistant program embarked on a weeklong trip to Guatemala to provide medical and public health aid through Hearts in Motion, an organization that serves impoverished communities in the U.S., Central America, and South America.
The clinical team, joined by a physician, cardiac technician, medical student, and general contractor, gained an understanding of medical conditions faced by 643 Guatemalan patients, including hypertension, diabetes, and dehydration. In addition, they painted a nearby school, volunteered at a local orphanage, and offered food and clothing to homeless individuals.
Prior to the trip, the team collected medication, eyeglasses, and hygiene essentials for patients, as well as clothing and toys for children at the orphanage. The donations helped supplement traditional medical care and promote healthy lifestyles for Guatemalan people.
“This trip allowed students to implement didactic teachings and strengthen the interdisciplinary relationships needed to provide quality care,” said Natasha Ireifej ’18MPH, MMS. “By extending our public health efforts, we gained a well-rounded, meaningful experience.”