As the committee point-person for lunchtime events, it was incredible to see everything we planned as a committee come into fruition. I truly am thankful for everyone’s hard work and all the effort they put into making this week a success.
On Monday, April 5th, Globe Med invited Dr. Marc Strassburg to share about his experiences eradicating smallpox and to also discuss bioterrorism. Being that it was our first lunchtime event, we had a great turn out, with 52 attendees.
On Tuesday, April 6th, Dr. Nafisa Abdullah spoke about her experiences in Emergency Medicine in Afghanistan. She spoke with such charisma and passion and it was clear that those in the audience were moved to follow her example and use what they learn in the classroom to bring hope and restoration to places in need. This event also had a great turn out, with over 60 attendees.
On Wednesday, April 7th, Dr. Edward Newton came to speak about his experiences as part of the Haiti medical aid team. Dr. Newton moved the audience with the video clip and images he showed us from his time in Haiti. It was truly inspirational to see images of the USC/LAC team working wholeheartedly to also bring hope and restoration to Haiti. We had over 3o attendees at this event.
On Friday, April 9th, the volunteer coordinator, Taja McKinney-Zisler, for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) came to lead a discussion on a film entitled “Kavi” and discuss modern day slavery and trafficking. Taja spoke with such power and passion and informed the audience about how serious and prevalent of an issue this is.
I have friends who are in the Keck School of Medicine and who came to these events. They mentioned to me that these events were very informative and eye-opening and that they enjoyed learning more about what is occurring globally in the realm of health.