Students share their medical mission experiences with the Dooley Society

Author: Shadia Ajam

2013 Dooley Society medical mission stipend recipients
2013 Dooley Society medical mission stipend recipients

Each year the Dooley Society awards stipends to a group of current Notre Dame students or alumni in medical school. Recipients are awarded these stipends to cover funds for international medical missions. This past Saturday, a group of students convened in the Jordan Hall of Science to present their medical mission experiences to the Dooley Society and the Notre Dame community.

Rich Schroeder, ’11, a current medical student at the University of Chicago, volunteered at the Rosebud Indian reservation in South Dakota where he delivered his first baby.

“It was a profound experience that planted a seed in me,” said Scroeder. “This (obstetrics, or a branch of medicine concerned with childbirth) is probably what I want to go into.”

Junior Brian Hickman, senior Briana Cortez, and graduate student John Clifford traveled to Quito, Ecuador with the Timmy Global Health program, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit. The team provided consultations, fluoride stations, and pharmaceuticals to Ecuadorians and had the opportunity to engage in cultural activities.

Locally, senior Patricia Amorado volunteered at Healthlinc in Mishawaka, Ind. where she interned for a smoking cessation program and shadowed physicians.

Michael Isaacs, ’12, a current Indiana University medical student traveled to Santa Ana, El Salvador with a team whose mission was to provide free healthcare to the poor of Santa Ana. Beyond the medical component of the trip,  introducing patients to God was “the best part of the trip” for Isaacs.

“It’s really great to see physicians actually living out their faith; it’s not something they stop practicing once they put on that white coat” Isaacs said. “It reaffirmed my passion for medicine.”

On the eastern side of the globe, senior Nestor Agbayani volunteered at Adventist Medical Center in Manila, Philippines where he shadowed Dr. Bibly Macaya and worked on an ecological study between geographic location and the relationship among social determinants, health services, and health status.

The Dr. Tom Dooley Society is a group of Notre Dame alumni in the medical and health care professions that are organized for the purpose of mentorship, education, Catholic values, and global service to humanity. The society currently consists of over 2,300 members and has awarded over 90 stipends to students and alumni. To learn more about the Dooley Society, visit www.dooleysociety.com.