Name of Organization: Summer Medical Institute
Location (city, country): Texas and Mexico
Dates of your attendance: 6/23-7/26
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Provide free health care
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:  

Activities available:

Patient care
Public community health research


Opportunities appropriate for:

clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Twice a week we would go to Mexico and setup a free health clinic inside a church, where patients would be seen by a medical student (accompanied by a family
    practice resident). Two other days we would go door-to-door in Texas, doing
    blood-pressure and glucose screenings for diabetes. One day of the week was devoted to seminars about how to incorporate Christian faith into medicine and how to be
    sensitive to patients' spiritual needs.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    There was also an opportunity to shadow family practice residents around the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency Program.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes. It is an amazing opportunity to practice rural medicine and community health. It is also an amazing way to deepen one's own personal faith in Christ.

  4. What did you not like?
    I wish it were longer than just 5 weeks.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Applications can be found at Generally, applications are due in the springtime before the summer you want to go.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    The trip is approximately $1500 (including airfare, food, housing, etc).

  7. Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from whom and for how much? Please provide important information, such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Hobart Lee
    Phone: 215-840-2792

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