David Osula, a University of Alabama School of Medicine student completing his clinical education at the College, was awarded a study abroad scholarship to complete a clinical elective in Peru.
Earlier this year, School of Medicine students had the opportunity to submit proposals to UAB International Medical Education for study trips to underserved communities. Eight students, including Osula, received scholarships.
Osula is a fourth-year medical student at the College, which also functions as the School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus.
UAB International Medical Education’s mission is to advance education for medical students through global service learning. It serves that purpose by developing, coordinating and financially supporting educational clinical programs for medical students who wish to participate in clinical electives.
Osula will soon embark on a four-week experience at Hospital de Alta Complejidad in Trujillo, Peru. He will work closely with an infectious disease physician – participating in rounds, treatments and examinations. Osula will also participate in Community Health Campaigns, which are weekly health fairs that give patients the opportunity to receive medical exams and treatment on a free, first-come first-served basis.
“I’m excited that I’ll get both inpatient and primary care medical experience while being immersed in the Spanish language and culture,” he said. “I’ll have the opportunity to work with underserved populations, get excellent clinical exposure, improve my Spanish language proficiency and engage in a completely new health care system and culture.”