Kristina Khaireddine (PharmD 2020 Candidate) attended a medical relief mission in the summer of 2018 in Arequipa, Peru, where she was placed at Hospital Goyeneche. Her experience provided an immersive opportunity to assist in compounding chemotherapeutics and IVs, round with doctors, and attend daily journal clubs. She rotated through the Cardiology, Oncology, Pediatrics/NICU and Emergency Departments. She learned to read x-rays, interpret EKGs and even scrubbed in on a pediatric surgery.
Kristina states, “One of the most memorable moments from my trip was giving a presentation on Bacterial Resistance from a pharmacist’s perspective and presenting it in Spanish to the doctors and residents at Hospital Goyeneche. Overall, I am truly grateful for this experience. I was able to spend a few weeks with health care students from all over the world, who like me, have a goal to provide care for those in need. Being able to apply the knowledge I had learned at Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy to provide care for the underprivileged patients in Arequipa was truly fulfilling. I hope to continue mission trips and urge others to do the same in order to have a great impact on global health.”