From June 10 to 17, students and faculty members from Fanshawe’s Respiratory Therapy program will embark on a medical mission trip to Guatemala.  

The team, consisting of 14 third-year students and four faculty, will spend one week working in rural clinics providing a range of care. They will assist in a pediatric vaccination clinic, a senior care centre, an urgent care centre and a family medical clinic that includes dental care. Considered part of their clinical placement, the students will have an opportunity to complete some of their required competencies. 

“The medical mission is a unique opportunity for students to practice the clinical skills they learn in the classroom while providing much needed care for communities in need,” says Yvonne Drasovean, professor and clinical liaison in the School of Health Sciences. 

Students and faculty last travelled to the Central American country in 2019. Read more about the 2019 trip in the Fanshawe Annual magazine.

The group has been raising funds for their trip this year and will hold a fundraising dinner at The Chef’s Table on May 26. Part of the funds raised through the project will go to the clinics where the students and faculty will work.

Fanshawe students and faculty on medical mission to Guatemala in 2019
Fanshawe students and faculty on medical mission to Guatemala in 2019.