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Campbell University's Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine


The medical mission team from Campbell University's Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine was several days into running a health clinic in a remote village in Honduras when a girl, about 10 years old, came in with a fever. A very high fever. She was haggard and helpless. She had to be carried. The girl needed to be in a hospital. Now. Her parents didn't have a vehicle and couldn't afford bus fare. So Dr. Brian Kessler, professor of family medicine at Campbell and the lead physician on the trip, scooped the girl up in his arms and carried her to the vehicle the group had been using. A translator working alongside Campbell's team rushed the girl and her family to the nearest hospital. Given the lack of resources in the village, the girl most likely would have died if not for the Campbell medical team, said Col.

William Pickard, Campbell's chair of clinical research who served as a clinician on the Honduras mission trip. This was the first medical mission team from the School of Osteopathic Medicine to serve abroad. Specifically, eight students and seven faculty and staff members from the medical school spent the week of March 9 -- their Spring Break -- operating health clinics in two remote villages near Choluteca, Honduras. Over five days, they provided health care to at least 219 adults and children. This is just the first inspiring story shared by Campbell University. The plans for this international trip began before the School of Osteopathic Medicine had even welcomed its first students in August 2013.


"There are so many different situations and circumstances I encountered on this trip that I hope will change me for the better in the way that I care for my future patients."

Leslie George, one of the eight medical students who participated in the missions trip

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