It has been my dream to go on a medical missionary trip and doing it during the heart of my PA education seems to be the perfect timing! Growing up on a farm in a rural part of Ukraine, I had first hand experince of living in a community which lacked health care providers, medical resources, or even access to hospitals for medical emergencies. An individual's financial affluence highly correlated with the quality of healthcare they received. Unfortunately, this resulted in many sick children, elderly, and others who were neglected a medical treatment due to not having the finances to cover it. Some even died from easily treatable infections because the physician refused to treat any patients who couldn't afford it. When I moved to the U.S. in 2001, I was relieved to see that almost everyone had access to healthcare regardless of their age, race, or socioeconomic status. It saddens me to know that there are many people in other countries who don't have access to quality healthcare. As a PA student and future clinician, I feel blessed to be given an opportunity to lend a helping hand in a community similar to the one I grew up in. This trip will not only allow me to give back but will also help me utilize and strengthen my clinical skills in order to develop into the best clinician that I can be. Any financial help that I can get to cover the transportation costs of this trip will mean so much to me! (Any extra funds will be used to pay for medical supplies for the clinic in Guatemala!) THANK YOU!! :)
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