Frontera de Salud
by Will SansomIn phase exams, lectures and wet labs, second-year medical student Linda Pham Pearson is learning the equivalent of a medical encyclopedia. But she and her classmates are soaking up equally valuable lessons through a program called Frontera de Salud (Border of Health).
Pham Pearson and other Frontera de Salud volunteers have broken in their new stethoscopes and reflex hammers at health fairs and community visits in Laredo and Robstown, Texas, located near Corpus Christi. "The trips are why I want to become a doctor—to help my community in every way possible, especially those who have limited access to health care services," Pham Pearson says.
Ruth E. Berggren, M.D., says "Humanism is a way of being, a set of deep-seated convictions about one’s obligations to others, especially others in need. It is a major goal of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics to promote humanism as a value in medical education. Frontera de Salud is a great example of how to accomplish that."
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