Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala
Globalize your practice and gain insight into healthcare in the developing world
The Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation (GFMMF) is a non-profit organization formed to provide services to a medically under-served area of Guatemala. The GFMMF goals include determining the area's health needs through discussion with the local residents and community leaders, with the mission to develop a sustained effort to work with the people of one area in the developing world, Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala. They provide the local residents with needed health benefits, including both the medical care itself and the tools to empower them to evolve their own health care. Since 1996, the foundation has provided these services to local residents of Guatemala at a church in the small village of Nueva Santa Rosa twice a year.
GFMMF's mission is one that aligns with the university's Vincentian mission as well as the college's vision of understanding how to service diverse patient populations and those with economic, physical and social disadvantages. In participating in this mission, students are able to provide pharmacy services to those who would not have been able to receive these medications and education otherwise. This experience offers a unique opportunity to young practitioners to expand their global awareness and provide service to communities in need.
Read Dean DiGate's newsletter article on the experience!
Program Dates: October 20 - 28 2017 - see the program itinerary!
Faculty Director: Chung-Shien Lee, Pharm.D. - email
Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Health Professions department. He has been a full time professor since 2014 and has been the faculty director of this graduate-level AS-L/Global Studies course in Guatemala since 2016. He has been working with Glen Falls Medical Mission Foundation since 2015 and currently manages the medication inventory and ordering for both fall and spring team missions.
Program Fee: The Fall 2017 program fee is $1850, not including round-trip airfare and course tuition.
Application Process: Interested students should attend the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Rotation Fair on January 26th.