Medical students learn through treating patients abroad

Dr. Grogg and Dr. Marberry share their medical mission experience with ATSU students.

Traveling the world is something many do not get a chance to do. A.T. Still University Board Member Dr. Stanley Grogg said medical students need to be aware of all kinds of disorders and diseases.

Monday Grogg and Dr. Kevin Marberry talked to students about the cultural needs and advantages of a medical mission trip. Both doctors discussed their 2012 trip to Nicaragua. Grogg talked about how Nicaraguans do not get basic medical care, so many of them travel miles by foot and stand in line for hours to see an American doctor.

â??I think the best part of the experience was just the fact that we went to an area that needed our medical care,â?? Marberry said. â??Just understanding and realizing that people live in different types of conditions was a very important thing for us and our students to recognize.â??

Grogg said medical missions are life changing experiences. â??My favorite part is watching the students because they'll see things theyâ??ve never seen before,â?? Grogg said. â??We were in Uganda recently, and we saw mumps, and you don't see mumps now because of vaccinations, but they donâ??t vaccinate for mumps in Uganda. And they're like oh, thatâ??s the mumps we read about! And, so you get to see some things that typically you wouldnâ??t see.â??

Most trips are between one and three weeks. Grogg said they see about 800 patients in the span of four days.