Project HOPE student volunteers are proving to be important members of the Pacific Partnership 2012 medical team.
Brittany Stewart, a Doctor of Pharmacy student from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, and Melissa Alvarez, Nurse Practitioner student from Florida International University, played key roles in providing care at the Hung Loi medical site in Vietnam.
Stewart is enjoying the experience of learning how medicine is delivered in the field.
"This gave me the opportunity to see a great variety of medicines not seen in the United States," said Stewart. "This has increased my knowledge in disaster relief, and the medicines that could be used to help out."
Stewart worked the Pharmacy Ward at the remote site with Japanese and American military members and said that the amount of knowledge gained in one day at this medical site would beat a semester of learning in a classroom.
"I'm truly impressed to see many nations come together and bring this level of care to people who need it," said Stewart.
Alvarez is also appreciative for her opportunity to volunteer.
"This gave me a chance to better understand the health concerns that are facing other nations that may not have direct access to various medications," said Alvarez. "Working alongside health care workers from around the world is truly a unique and wonderful educational experience."
With the students of Project HOPE taking the lead, their educational experience from the field will serve them well when they head back to the class room in the fall.
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