Evangel medical team gets hands-on training while serving in India
February 2218, 2010 | Chase Replogle
A team of Evangel pre-med and nursing students traveled to India, along with Dr. Michael Tenneson, professor of biology, and a group of medical professionals during the 2010 Spring Break. The team provided medical care to people in underserved parts of India.
The 21-member team consisted of 10 medical professionals (three physicians, an optical technician, a pharmacist, a pharmacist assistant, a dentist, a dental assistant and two nurses), 10 EU premed and nursing students and Dr. Tenneson.
The team worked in close association with the Calcutta Mercy Hospital which provided them with dorm rooms, food and transportation. They toured several healthcare facilities and held medical clinics in two rural areas outside of Calcutta. In addition, they provided medical care to underprivileged children at two schools in Calcutta. Even with their incredibly busy schedule, the team also did volunteer work at a couple of Mother Teresa’s facilities for children, the elderly and the handicapped.
In just one week’s time, the Evangel team provided medical care for 361 patients, dental care for 134 patients and optical care for 297 patients.
This is the kind of trip that exemplifies the way Evangel integrates faith and learning. Elise Stefan, a nursing student, said the trip to India “definitely confirmed that this is what I was to do with my life.”