My health is something I often take for granted, which is easy to do when you live in a country with high standards of living and (relatively) accessible healthcare. If I get sick, all I have to do is call up my primary care provider and get it checked out. If it’s more serious than that I can hit up one of the many urgent care clinics that seem to be on every other block. Worst case scenario, I call 911 and get transported to the closest hospital via ambulance, likely within a few minutes. I have health insurance, housing, education, transportation, clean drinking water, and an abundance of food. These determinants of health that I so often forget to appreciate are luxuries not afforded by those in developing countries. This June, I’m hoping to do my part in changing that.
In 2 short months, I will be embarking on a medical mission trip with 43 of my classmates. We will be volunteering in Cusco, Peru where we will provide healthcare to patients in hospitals, clinics, assisted living, and other healthcare facilities. As you can imagine, the facilities in Cusco are severely lacking in funding, staff, and supplies making it difficult to keep the most vulnerable populations healthy. As a future physician, I think it’s important to learn about other countries’ and cultures’ healthcare systems so that I may incorporate these perspectives into my own practice. By providing global health to others, I will be able to better care for my patients at home in the U.S.
For every stethoscope sold in the months of April and May using the promo code SCOPES4PERU, one will be donated to a Peruvian provider in need. When you use the promo code, you will also receive $15 off your purchase.
StethoHope, a startup company that is focused on having a positive social and global impact within the healthcare industry, has kindly provided my volunteer group with a promotion in support of our trip. For every stethoscope sold in the months of April and May using the promo code SCOPES4PERU, one will be donated to a Peruvian provider in need. When you use the promo code, you will also receive $15 off your purchase. I can’t thank StethoHope enough for their generosity. It’s companies like theirs that motivate me to give back to my community. You can purchase a stethoscope and read more about the company at www.stethohope.com.
I’m so excited about this trip! This will be my first ever mission trip and my first travel experience outside of the U.S. without my family. If any of you have experience with medical mission trips or volunteer trips in general, please let me know in the comments! I would love to pick your brain about what to pack, what donations to bring, and any other travel tips you may have for me.
Stay tuned for an upcoming StethoHope review…