Three people in medical scrubs

Medical students Kristin King and Justin Grubbs with general surgeon Gitmos (from Papua New Guinea) before he performed an exploratory abdominal laparotomy. (Photo courtesy John A. Burns School of Medicine)

John A. Burns School of Medicine students Kristin King and Justin Grubbs traveled to Yap this summer as part of the school’s summer elective program known as MD5.

The international elective program is part of the school’s global health and medicine efforts. The school is committed to training a globally competent health workforce with skills to address critical global health problems. It also strives to understand and reduce health inequalities around the Pacific Rim.

While in Yap, King and Grubbs participated in the beginnings of the data collection for a research project to evaluate the needs and capability for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The project is led by the Cancer Coalition of the Pacific Islands.

Read more about their journey in the article “Going Global: From Kalaheo and Punahou High Schools to Yap, an MD5 Adventure,” posted on UHMedNow, the news site for the medical school.

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