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MUSC Student Returns to Homeland

MUSC student volunteer Gini Ilkwuezunma trekked the plains of Africa to aid in international health work. An American of African descent, Gini opted to spend his summer reconnecting with his roots while working alongside more than 70 other students, faculty and local medical practitioners from the Lowcountry. The group provided clinical treatment to more than 4,000 villagers in Uganda.

“Providing health care in a resource poor region was a lifetime experience. It galvanized my interest in developing E.P.I.C., a program aimed at global and domestic health policy,” said Gini.

He also provided educational tools for ICU staff in Tanzania through a physician training program called Madaaktari, orchestrated by MUSC neurosurgeon Dr. Dilan Ellegala.

Gini and others concluded the trip by conducting a month long outcomes research project focused on creating sustainable specialty health care in Tanzania.

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MUSC Gives Back - Student Volunteer Program 

As MUSC students progress through demanding curricula, they are at the same time among the most proactive, service-oriented students in the country, recognized not only within our state by the SC Commission on Higher Education but also nationally by the American Association of Medical Colleges.

The MUSC Gives Back Student Volunteer program is an enriching, interactive, interprofessional learning initiative that helps students find creative ways to serve others. Our students seek and create humanitarian opportunities throughout the world. Since the program’s inception 16 years ago, MUSC students have contributed more than 200,000 hours of service, leading or supporting more than 2,700 charitable organizations and events in the community, across the region, and around the world.

MUSC students connect with members of the community at health fairs, serve in local clinics for the medically underserved, teach healthy lifestyle habits to school-age children, volunteer for international medical missions, and seek to decrease homelessness, poverty, and abuse.  By serving as positive role models to disadvantaged youth through tutoring and mentoring, or by offering friendship and support to the elderly or disabled, MUSC students provide vital assistance in our community, even as they learn to be professional and caring health care providers and biomedical scientists.

Personally and emotionally rewarding, volunteering also increases student engagement with surrounding communities, communities they will often continue to serve professionally.  Our students seek careers that are about much more than income.  They seek to live and care for others…today and tomorrow.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Liz Sheridan at
sheridan@musc.edu, Director, MUSC Gives Back Student Volunteer Program 843-792-4094.

 


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