Global health outreach trips enrich Pharm.D. students’ education

Global Health Outreach students in the Dominican Republic

UF College of Pharmacy students on an outreach trip to the Dominican Republic were joined by medical students from the UF College of Medicine and Universidad central del Este in San Pedro de Macoris.

Forty-two Pharm.D. students spent their spring breaks in one of seven International Health Outreach experiences. The program, which is an elective course, allows student to learn about global health as they care for underserved populations, gaining first-hand, in-country experiences.

The students provided medical care to local communities in five countries, including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Mexico. Six of the seven trips this year were in conjunction with other UF colleges in which students planned and organized multiple logistical issues, including fundraising, making travel arrangements and procuring supplies and medications.