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Last summer a medical and a nursing student walked into a small bodega in the Hispanic neighborhood of Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. They wore scrubs, stethoscopes around their necks, and carried a medical backpack filled with health assessment forms, educational handouts, and supplies needed to carry out basic health screens for reading a person’s blood sugar, blood pressure, and body mass index. The temperature was in the 90s and…

Jan just moved to Philadelphia this summer. As an emergency room intern she has a new job in an unfamiliar hospital, a new apartment, and a new roommate. All of this “uprooted-ness” happened in a mere three weeks, and Jan is feeling a bit unmoored. What she thought was going to be her exciting adventure in the city has become a confusing whirlwind.

During medical school, Jan was…

Aug 22, 2018

The Fullness of Christ

A Report of the 2018 Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute

After participating seven years in the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI), an evangelistic community health project, one consistent observation I’ve made is that God uses this ministry to not only bring health education and the gospel message to residents of North Philadelphia, but also to provide the Christian health care student participants with unique spiritual lessons relevant to each individual.

SMI took place June 23–July 14 and is…

In the Bible Jesus said that after loving God wholeheartedly, the second greatest commandment was to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Upon consideration, this requires much on our part. To love our neighbors implies that we must know them—who they are and where they live. We must talk with them, interact with them, and understand details of their lives.

From June 23-July 14, 18 Christian health care students

 

The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI) took place June 24–July 15 and is a joint project of Medical Campus Outreach and Esperanza Health Center, a local Christian health center. This summer 23 Christian healthcare students and over 60 rotating volunteer “faculty” (Christian medical professionals) provided free door-to-door health screens and medical referrals in Kensington, North Philadelphia. The teams worked with local interpreters for Spanish-speaking households and referred…

Jul 14, 2017

Summer Medical Institute 2017

Fresh Insights from a Medical Student in the Field

 

Summer Medical Institute is in the home stretch!

 

Twenty-three students, about half from Philadelpha and half from all over the country, have been going door-to-door in West Kensington since June 25 (through July 15).

In addition to providing medical care and health screenings to our under-served neighbors, they have been building relationships and sowing the seeds of the gospel.

 

By Laura Layer, Medical Campus Outreach Director

 

And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his

 


by Holly Favino, SMI Director

 

Is it worthwhile participating in a short-term health care ministry project? Will it have impact or provide any meaningful long-term good? As the director of the Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute (SMI), I’ve had the privilege of reviewing our research, following up with local church partners, reading the students’ blog and evaluations, witnessing the program firsthand for…

Jul 28, 2016

Unbroken

How God Opened My Eyes Through Summer Medical Institute

To the outside eye looking at the North Philly community, I can see why brokenness so often comes to mind.

 

Broken. The word has plagued my mind for the past few weeks. And it became an ironic reality when my computer actually broke this afternoon and I lost my previous blog to the cloud. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a…

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