Perhaps the most unique feature of La Merced is its student program. Through the student program, high school and college students enjoy the opportunity to work intimately with the doctors and the administrative staff on the mission. High school and college students process patients and first-assist the doctors in the clinics. Qualified college students are given the opportunity “scrub in” on surgeries in the hospitals.
The student program is inspiring. The medial mission has compelled some students to turn their aspirations toward a career in medicine. La Merced doctors are willing and eager to not only train students attending the trip but also to advise them through their medical school application process. Thus far, among La Merced students, five have entered medical school and one a physician assistant program. All received letters of recommendation from La Merced physicians.
Here is a word from Steve Woodward, one of our first student team members, now attending medical school at University of Maryland: