“Concordia teaches us that there is another world to serve,” says Martin. “It was in my heart, and I couldn’t get rid of it.”
Martin experienced Concordia’s global focus while studying meningitis with Drs. Ellen Aho and Krystle Strand in the biology department. Though the disease is highly preventable, places such as Africa lack the capabilities and vaccines to keep it from spreading. Martin understood how fortunate she was to have access to modern medicine and knew the chance to help those not as fortunate was what she had been missing.
After learning about a program called Cross-Cultural Solutions that could guarantee she’d work in health care in Africa, Martin made the move and signed up.
Martin interned at a hospital in the eastern city of Hohoe in Ghana. She assisted local physicians and counseled patients on issues such as prenatal care and preventing AIDS and malaria.
Martin says that taking advantage of the opportunity to experience another culture will only help in a world that is becoming more connected.
“This experience will make me a better doctor,” says Martin. “The world is changing and I don’t want to be ignorant to that change.”