Summer Medical Institute 2014

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach (MCO), a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma, and nutrition. They share the love of

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) is a project of Medical Campus Outreach MCO, a ministry of Tenth  Presbyterian Church, partnering with Esperanza Health Center. During the three week summer project, which ran from June 28-July 19, Christian health care students live and work in the dense urban environment, providing door-to-door health screens for diabetes and blood pressure, as well as providing information about HIV, asthma. They share the love

"My son died last week." It was the end of our routine health screening, and as me and my partner Natasha had been trained in SMI, we asked our patient if we could pray for anything for her. I remember her upbeat voice, her boisterous personality, her laughter come crumbling down. This woman, who through her general appearance and demeanor who I had pre-judged to be pretty happy was in…

My time in Philly for SMI has been an exciting and equally challenging time. It has been mixed with struggles and growth. I would like to share an experience I had during the last few weeks to explain what I mean.

During one of our community outreaches when we walk around the streets of North Philly knocking on doors to see if anyone is interested in a free…

As many medical students can confirm, type A people—you know who you are—like to compartmentalize. We like to organize: work, time, people. But in the three weeks that I’ve spent here, I’ve found God skewing my lines and boxes for people.

Merriam-Webster defines the “poor” as having little money or few possessions. I defined “poor” as a group of people that God wanted us to serve. But God defines the…

I, perhaps like most of the students, began our outreach into the community with excitement and trepidation, hopefulness and uneasiness. It was discouraging to arrive at homes to only find our team loitering in front of a stranger’s home. But when we did reach a home that answered, it was refreshing because we got out of the heat… and got to perform a health and spiritual screen. Praise God!

During my time here at SMI, I was really challenged with the idea of comforting this neighborhood. Seventeen students gathered to use our talents to not only physically help the city of North Philadelphia, but to also give spiritual support and hope for the spiritually lost. But who are we to do that? These teams are mostly of people that were not from around the area. I can personally say…

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I

"Come in, we've been expecting you."

She probably just said those words because people in scrubs had been strolling around the streets for the past week. Yet, I couldn't help but think how those words meant something more to me. God has a plan for each of us and he is expecting us to arrive at our destination. When we arrive at that place, be it at church…

When asked casually how SMI is going, my answers thus far has been one of two: “cool” and “it’s like college.” [Smile].

Though the prior answer is a neutral word I’ve incorporated into most conversations, the latter has been something I thought more about when we walked into our partner church last Sunday. In college, I had the opportunity to grow among a close community of believers, receive…

I am blessed for this to be my second year on the SMI team.  It has been especially good because I can see the team developing and amazing stories coming about, even from the first day of outreach.

We had evangelism training, which was really helpful. It eliminated some of the misconceptions we have when reaching people upfront, such as the necessity of “earning the right to be heard.” I…