Students organize fundraiser ahead of medical mission

(L-R) Student Doctor Bakir Dzananovic and Dr. Rodney Bates.

(L-R) Student Doctor Bakir Dzananovic and Dr. Rodney Bates.

This summer, many of ICOM’s student doctors will take part in a variety of volunteer and community service projects, conduct important research both on and off campus, and gain clinical experience by shadowing physicians. 

But one group of students in particular are planning to travel more than 3,000 miles in July, to provide much-needed medical care to a community of orphans in Haiti.

“We’re going to do routine, comprehensive check-ups on all of the children living at the orphanage,” said Student Doctor Bakir Dzananovic. “We’ll address preventative health measures, and we’ll provide them some necessities, like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and lotion, to keep up their hygiene.”

Student Doctors Zaid Ahmed, Mehwish Choudhry, Bilal Darwish, Sarah Kaschke and Victoria Marinas will also participate. The group of second-year medical students will be supervised by Dr. Rodney Bates, ICOM’s Chair of Primary Care. 

“The screening services we’ll provide will be beneficial to the community,” Dr. Bates said. “It will also be a learning opportunity for our students — applying some of their physical exam skills, and being able to hone in on their findings.”

The group plans on opening up a clinic for a day at the Madinah Orphanage in Miragoane, followed by another clinic for the greater community that will serve more than 100 people. The Madinah Orphanage is supported by a non-profit organization called The Humanity Projects, of which Student Doctor Dzananovic is a co-founder. 

The students have organized a fundraiser in the hopes of collecting vital medications, medical supplies, and other necessities needed for the trip. Those interested in donating may do so at the following link: