New Mexico Resident Completes International Health Studies Program In Guatemala
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(Boston)—Albuquerque, NM resident Melissa Gutierrez, a fourth year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) traveled to Guatemala as part of an International Health Studies Program through BUSM.
Gutierrez traveled to San Lucas Tomilan, Guatemala, last July and spent four weeks studying international health at the San Lucas Tomilan clinics.
“We have a responsibility to care for those without access to the basics in life. My goal is to solidify my ability to serve Spanish speaking people anywhere I may find myself as a physician in the future,” said Gutierrez.
“International studies strengthen students’ understanding of medicine in other parts of the world, while giving them the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives abroad,” said Suzanne Sarfaty, MD, assistant dean for Student Affairs, director of International Health Programs and associate professor of medicine at BUSM. “Students have the opportunity to broaden their perspective on health and human illness in diverse and often underserved health care systems. Many of the skills and traits students develop while working in these international settings, such as language skills or cultural sensitivity, make students better physicians.”
Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and more than 1,100 full and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary disease and dermatology, among others, and is one of the major biomedical research institutions in the United States. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Along with Boston Medical Center and 15 community health centers, the School of Medicine is a partner in Boston HealthNet.
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