Promoting Health to Hurting Communities: Volunteerism in Medicine

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Jun 26, 2011 Comments Off on Promoting Health to Hurting Communities: Volunteerism in Medicine

Online webinar
Thursday, June 30, 2011, 12:30 – 1:30pm

What’s the secret to a fulfilling medical career in the setting of reimbursement frustrations, electronic medical records and fragmented patient care? Despite these increasing stressors in health care, volunteering as a physician benefits patients and doctors alike (no matter what your specialty!) Multiple times a day, physicians are reminded of painful realities that affect the physical, emotional and spiritual health of patients, many of which can’t be adequately addressed in a 10 or 15 minute visit. Building relationships with the communities you serve near home or abroad will enrich you personally while improving the health of those communities.

Join this interactive webinar to explore ways to engage and partner with communities to promote healthier lifestyles and living conditions. Whether you volunteer regularly or wonder where to begin, this discussion will highlight fresh ideas to jumpstart your volunteer efforts as we rediscover the holistic Jesuit tradition of serving communities in need.

Dr. Stephanie Onguka (M’07) is a faculty fellow at Lancaster General Family Medicine Residency Program in Lancaster, PA. During medical school at Georgetown, she served as the chair of the newly formed Social Justice Committee and collaborated on other projects such as the Healthy Kids Program and the Whitman-Walker Community Health Fair. Stephanie took a year off after her 2nd year to serve as the Legislative Affairs Director of the American Medical Student Association and lobbied congress on issues such as health care access, pharmaceutical industry reform and student debt. She met her husband Andrew in his home country of Kenya while they served together in a refugee camp in 2005. Stephanie did a 4th year elective rotation in Nairobi, Kenya and another rotation as a 2nd year Family Medicine resident. After graduating from Georgetown in 2007, Stephanie began her Family Medicine residency training at Lancaster General in Lancaster, PA. She also completed an Area of Concentration in HIV/AIDS and focused her research and scholarly activities on identifying Family Medicine residency program interest in HIV curriculum and training. For the past three years, she has served as a volunteer physician for a free clinic based in a local rescue mission. Stephanie and her husband are founding members of OneLife Africa, a Christian scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth from Nairobi slums. This fall, they are moving to Kenya with a Christian mission organization to work with the youth and slum communities in Nairobi. Stephanie has long-term dreams of partnering with the Kenyan medical system to increase health care access for these communities while strengthening the healthcare workforce in Kenya.

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