NEOMED’s Students for Medical Missions Services brings together NEOMED students who share an interest in service work and global health.
Co-presidents Wenjuan Zhang and Chang Lu, tell us more about this student organization.
We believe that learning about global health care, in conjunction with the practices of Western medicine, can further enrich students’ appreciation of the health care field.
We are in the process of developing a mentorship program with Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.). a Northeast Ohio organization that advocates for Asian American and Pacific Islanders. This will be an opportunity for NEOMED students to be paired with a high school student in the Akron Public Schools and become a mentor. We hope to connect with high school students who may be interested in pursuing a career in one of the STEM fields, so we can provide them with advice and help them navigate through their classes and college application process.
Why should students consider joining your organization?
We were both inspired to join Students for Medical Missions Services because we both have grandparents from rural China.
We encourage any student who has an interest in learning about global health to join! We hope to continue a conversation of the multitudes of ways that medicine can be practiced. We think that having the opportunity to learn about and/or experience medicine outside the realm of we are familiar with is invaluable. As students, we recognize that our academic curriculum is crafted to help prepare us become ethical and responsible physicians. We believe that learning about global health care, in conjunction with the practices of Western medicine can further enrich our appreciation for the health care field and hopefully expand our quality of care to a broader community when we work in our respective careers.