International Medicine Interest Group: Ethiopia Trip
Team Member: Thomas Owens
EVENT DATE Jun 09, 2016
This summer I have been given the chance to travel to Gondar, Ethiopia where I will stay for approximately a month to work in a local hospital. Professors and colleagues hand selected a team of 13 second years to go, represent Howard, and have an experience that will help further our medical training.
I am raising money to help cover the cost of my flight there and back. As a current student funds are somewhat limited, and while we do have some funding currently from IMIG (International Medical Interest Group) it is unforunately not enough to cover everything. Many of you that I am in contact with on Facebook have donated to past mission trips I have been on. Instead of writing support letters this time around I figured GoFundMe could be a sufficient way to reach out to my family and friends. My goal is to have the money raised for my plane ticket by the end of January.
While I am working at the hospital in Gondar it is my hope that I will be able to have more hands on experience, learn more about international healthcare, and to see if working abroad as a physican would be something I could do. In addition, I would be given the opportunity to witness firsthand illnesses and diseases that aren't so prominent in America due to a difference in environment and/or vaccine usage. As many of you know I have a passion for traveling the world, emersing myself into different cultures, and cultivating relationships with people from different countries. This trip will not only allow me do all of that, but it will ultimately help me become a better physican in the long run.
If you feel led to donate towards my trip I would be extremely grateful. Prayers also accepted! :)
Lastly if you donate:
-any amount: you will get an updated newsletter along with a thank you card
-$50.00: personal postcard sent to you.
-$100.00 and above: a souvenir from Ethiopia.
IMIG HUCM wrote -
To Gondar with Love
Howard University College of Medicine's International Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is raising funds for its annual medical trip to Gondar, Ethiopia. IMIG is a student-run organization with the goal of exposing students to international medicine. We organize a student-driven 3 week trip to Ethiopia each summer for medical students and would like your help! We are raising funds to help students defer the approx. 3,500-4000$/ student trip expense but also to support University of Gondar Hospital by bringing over much-needed supplies.