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Medical Missions
The short-term trips described by Patzke are typically referred to as medical mission trips and they are the most
common overseas experience offered to pharmacy students, typically providing cultural immersion and some
service learning. The most effective mission trips make
a concerted effort to work with an NGO or clinic that
provides continuity of care on the ground. At St. Louis
College of Pharmacy, Kenneth Schafermeyer has led 21
Habitat for Humanity construction teams to Romania,

At St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Kenneth Schafermeyer has
led 21 Habitat for Humanity construction teams to Romania,
Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Poland, where pharmacy students
learn "there is more to health care than prescriptions
because affordable, decent housing is like a vaccine."

Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Poland, where pharmacy
students learn "there is more to health care than prescriptions because affordable, decent housing is like a vaccine."
Albany College of Pharmacy generates interest in its
alternative spring break with such on-campus events as
a foreign film festival and a special day when 30 students
win free passports. There are two- or three-week for-credit travel courses available in Senegal, Belize, Costa Rica,
and other Central American sites. The trip to Belize is preceded by a full-semester course on campus that focuses on
tropical diseases, health clinic skills, and preparing educational pamphlets to share with Belizean patients. Before
the trip to Senegal, students travel to New York City for
an introduction to African art and a visit to Manhattan's
Little Senegal.
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University of Buffalo pharmacy students in Honduras
presenting information on prenatal care, including what
over-the-counter medication would be safe for popular
maladies like nausea, headache, and back pain.

Kelsey Japs and Erica Truong, both PharmD students
at Drake College of Pharmacy, joined this year's trip to
the Dominican Republic. Seven health care providers saw
600 patients in a week. Japs did everything from measuring medication doses to providing fluoride treatment to
children, taking vital signs and shadowing a physician's assistant. The trip gave Japs experience working as part of a
global health team and running a pharmacy in a resourcelimited area, especially in a tropical climate where there
might not be refrigeration to store certain medications. She
believes international travel is the best way to see all the
factors that contribute to health-"financial restrictions,
transportation-there is no better way to see all that in play."
Truong responded to a professor's e-mail seeking applicants for the mission trip to the Dominican Republic,
finding it a good opportunity to bond with fellow classmates
and make a small contribution. She discovered the challenge
of cross-cultural communication even when interpreters
were available to speak with Haitian refugees. "Translation
was like a game of telephone. The message changed slightly
when Haitians spoke Creole and it was translated to Spanish and then to English." She did appreciate the "little light
or look in patients' eyes when they felt they were getting
attention or being taken care of." Now Truong, a secondgeneration Vietnamese, would like to create a pharmacy
rotation for herself in Vietnam or elsewhere in Asia.
At the University at Buffalo, Prescott works to make sure
even short trips offer "less vacation and more understanding of the ongoing issues of global health." She speaks with
students about selecting drugs for a particular trip. "I focus
on medication safety because we give medicine in plastic
bags when there are lots of children around. We write in
Spanish, but some patients can't read. We also have to pay
attention not to take medicines that require follow-up." And
after all that, patients "have to pay for everything associated
with their care and yet they are gracious and appreciative.

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stricken," says Patzke, "everyone has a smartphone and
we should take advantage of that."
Patzke says the student group also wants to organize
more interdisciplinary teams that include dental and nursing students from Buffalo as well as in-country health
care providers. The greatest challenge has been getting
pharmacists to accompany each group because of their
personal and professional obligations at home. Someday,
Patzke wants to be one of those pharmacists for at least
one international trip each year, adding, "I want it to be
part of my life, just not my entire life."



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