In a recent paper published in the Annals of Global Health, researchers from The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY acknowledged SEAHEC’s role in helping shape the careers of future health providers. The SEAHEC team was cited for our “efforts and continued collaboration in implementing the domestic service-learning trip in Nogales, Arizona.”
For more than a decade, Mt. Sinai students have been coming to Nogales for a week-long service learning experience, hosted by SEAHEC. Students engage in a number of activities on both sides of the border, including organizing health fairs, supporting local community health workers in conducting health education outreach, offering vaccinations for communicable diseases, and helping out at migrant shelters. Students also visit rural institutions that impact public health, like the fire department, hospitals, and even border patrol stations. The visits and activities help students understand the challenges of health care delivery in rural and underserved communities.
The recent publication, entitled “Impact of a Short-Term Domestic Service-Learning Program on Medical Student Education,” is an examination of journals students used to document their learning experiences during the annual spring trip to Nogales. According to the study, the role of short-term, domestic community learning experiences can be an important component of a student’s medical education, since it lowers financial and logistical barriers to acquiring first-hand community service experience that can impact students’ perspectives, cultural competence and career choices.
Two of the researchers, Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH and Ranier P. Soriano, MD are the Mount Sinai faculty who provide mentor-ship to the student run organization known as Medical Students Making Impacts. Founded in 2001, the organization raises funds and organizes medical service trips and related community projects.
Read the article:
Chang, B.A., Karin, E., Davidson, Z.A., Ripp, J. and Soriano, R.P., 2019. Impact of a Short-Term Domestic Service-Learning Program on Medical Student Education. Annals of Global Health, 85(1), p.92. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.2465