Med students often stay busy hitting the books. But students in the MD/PHD Program at Georgia Regents University are using their skills to make a difference here in Augusta and worldwide.
Sorting, packing, shipping...
Georgia Regents University Medical students are organizing extra medical supplies, like syringes and needles, to be sent out all over the globe.
Dr. William Salazar, a professor at Georgia Regents University, brought the idea to his school after he attended a medical conference last year. "I loved the idea, I felt that it was great that it was done by one of the Med students and it won a National Award," he says.
Now, Dr. Salazar's dream is coming true. "We said, 'why don't we start this program, why don't we organize, she got very excited...that's how the idea was born...and less than 9 months ago, we are now making this a reality and now we are going to have our first shipment of supplies."
Most of these boxes will go to MedShare, a nonprofit organization that redistributes medical supplies to health facilities in need across the globe. The rest of the supplies will be distributed to local clinics right here in Augusta.
Graduate student Trevor Hardigan says this volunteer program is a way to express why he chose the medical profession to begin with. "The opportunity for us to find a volunteer service locally here in Augusta that we can do that, that can actually span worldwide is really very cool," he says.
Right now, GRU Medical Center is the only local hospital donating supplies to the organization. As the program moves forward, Dr. Salazar hopes to involve other area hospitals to donate medical supplies to the cause.
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