I'm Aaron Hemsworth, a 2013 graduate of the Mercy College Associate of Science in Nursing program AND a current student in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science program, with aspirations of completing medical school and becoming a physician.
Last month, I had the opportunity to go on a two week medical mission trip to Cambodia as a registered nurse from January 23rd to February 7th. Our team, organized through a Christian organization, consisted of three physicians, three nurses, and a nurse practitioner. We worked with an American missionary doctor who lives there with her husband, and we traveled to four remote villages in Western Cambodia and provided medical care to people there.
In all, we delivered health care to more than 450 people, with health conditions ranging from common complaints to Guillain-Barré syndrome, malaria, and leprosy. We sought to provide holistic care to our patients by honoring cultural differences, and as Christian medical professionals, we showed the love of Jesus Christ to them and talked to them about truths written in The Bible, summarized well by the verse John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
The trip was incredible, and I would encourage all health care students to go on a foreign medical trip somewhere.
While the United State's health care system certainly isn't perfect, seeing the needs and lack of health care access in a developing country gives an appreciation to the benefits our health care system does provide. Journeys like these provide a fresh perspective on global health, and help us learn about different cultures.
Taking care of very grateful people who may have literally traveled hours by foot or boat to get health care definitely gives perspective to things!
I want to give a special thanks to my awesome professors at Mercy College who were flexible and allowed me to go on this trip during my spring semester. Just another reason I attend Mercy College!
To learn more about my trip and see some of the pictures I took, check out my blog at aarontocambodia.blogspot.com.