The trip to Merida was one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I learned so much about Mexican culture as well as the Mexican healthcare system. Who knew that after spending only seven days with someone you could make such amazing friends? I will highly recommend this trip to everyone that I talk to
Senior, College of Natural Science
Whether it was simply explaining procedures as they were being performed, or a surgeon grabbing me a step stool so I could see the mind-blowing surgery happening before my eyes, I unquestionably feel as though my experience may not have been the same had I been shadowing healthcare providers within the U.S.
-Samantha Dygert (Merida Participant)
Junior, College of Natural Science
There is more value placed on continuity of care in Cuba as compared to the United States. The primary doctors spend much of their time getting to know all of their patients not only on a professional but a personal level. The primary care doctors are the first line of defense and it is their job to know pretty much everything about all of the patients they serve.
MSU COM IV
I think that a rotation like Cuba is something that should be required for every medical student. It opens your eyes up to the world around you and sheds on you an immense amount of knowledge that you could not get anywhere else. I feel that every experience that we have makes us a better physician and a better person and I hope and believe that this rotation did that for me. I had a great time on this trip, would love to do it again, and will always remember it.
MSU COM IV
Between all of the exams, studying, and stress of medical school, it is easy to lose the real meaning behind why you want to be a physician in the first place. This spring break experience definitely recharged me as a medical student, allowing myself to get away from the chaos at home and reconnect with my passion for medicine.
MSU COM I
This study abroad experience is one that I will carry with me throughout my personal and professional lives. Being able to participate in such a hands-on, in-depth program as an undergraduate was so unique, and it confirmed that I want to be a healthcare professional in the future
– Ali Stark (Dominican Participant)
Sophomore, Lyman Briggs College