John Macri of Mountain Top recently assisted with medical care and public health activities in Ecuador during a three-week faculty-led study abroad experience coordinated by King’s Office of Study Abroad and the Foundation of International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC). The students also participated in weekend excursions, including a trip to Isla de Las Platas to study marine and other wildlife. Macri is a freshman majoring in physician assistant studies at King’s College, a Catholic college sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.
During the medical service immersion program, titled “Healthcare in Ecuador,” Macri was among a group of 13 King’s students in health science and physician assistant studies programs and King’s faculty that were stationed in Aconcito, a small fishing village in the province of St. Lena. The group provided healthcare at a medical clinic, assisted on home health visits to patients, and participated in public health activities, such as health fairs, and dental hygiene education for children in a local school.
FIMRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in nine countries in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs.
King’s College offers a variety of faculty-led study abroad programs as part of its commitment to global learning and student development.