6th Annual Service Learning Symposium Focuses on Border Health Issues and Community Initiatives

The 6th Annual Service Learning Symposium was held March 15, 2016, for students, staff, and faculty of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso ) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM). Presented in conjunction with the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON), this year’s symposium focused on border health issues and community initiatives in and around the El Paso region.

Keynote speaker, Eva Moya, Ph.D., LMSW, presented on the history of tuberculosis in the U.S., and was followed by presentations, both oral and poster, from TTUHSC El Paso medical students.

A presentation on mammograms was also given. The video of which can be seen here.

Presented by first, second, and third year medical students, the impressive range of topics included work with asylum seekers and people living with Down syndrome, as well as showcasing student clinical activities at the Rota-care clinic and Medical Student Run Clinic.

In recognition of Match Week, representatives of the PLFSOM class of 2016 joined the group to be honored on behalf of their class for their service to the Paso del Norte region and to kick off the 100 Hour Club initiative. This initiative will support student engagement in the community by recognizing the first 100 hours of service volunteered by students during their four years and culminating with a recognition of total combined class service hours and individual level of contribution at graduation.

A reception wrapped up the day’s events with awards presented by Richard Brower, M.D., for best oral presentation, best poster, and best innovation in service. Congratulations to the following:

Best Oral
Title:
“Breast Cancer Detection Efforts in Sparks, TX” (Medical Student Run Clinic)
By: Ricardo Parra, MS2, Alyssa Price, MS2, Natalia Sidhu, MS2, Cyrus Elahi, MS2, and Jacob Krimbill, MS2

Best Poster
Title:
“Re-envisioning the Immersion Experience: Creating Sustainable Community Partnerships”
By: Nawazish Palejwala, MS1, Justin Thomas, MS1, and Angie Macias, MS1

Best Innovations (oral presentation)
Title:
“Texas Two Step: A Statewide CPR Training Event”
By: Cadyn Crawford, MS2 Richard Trevino, MS2, and Loryn Wilson, MS3

For more information about this symposium please contact SCI-ElPaso@ttuhsc.edu.