CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Dec. 14, 1999
Freeman Fellowships enable UI medical students to study
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa College
of Medicine students have traveled to developing countries this fall, and
12 more medical students will travel abroad next semester, as recipients of
Barry Freeman Memorial Fellowships.
The Barry Freeman Fellowship Fund was created through
the UI Foundation by the family of Barry Freeman, who was a medical student
at the time of his death in 1972. The fellowship fund gives UI medical students
a unique learning opportunity that expands their understanding of health care
in other countries. Since 1982, it has provided the resources for more than
120 students to participate in a host country's medical program.
Linda Berman, a fourth-year medical student, traveled
to Managua, Nicaragua last summer. She spent six weeks in both a public maternal-child
hospital as well as a local clinic. She gained clinical experience and education
in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine. Berman also
conducted a research project, analyzing the prevalence of malnutrition among
Nicaraguan children age 6 and younger.
The medical training and the cultural experience were
extremely beneficial, Berman said.
"No matter where you are or what you do, you have
to prove yourself," she said. "I wanted to go to a Spanish speaking country
and interact and work with people from a different culture who have a different
perspective. The medical education was good, yet part of the challenge also
involved overcoming stereotypes -- not just how we in the United States view
people from Central America or other countries, but their perceptions on what
Georgina Garcia, Karen Kolln, and Deborah Lindner,
all second-year medical students, also completed their fellowships this fall.
Garcia traveled to Torreon, Mexico, Kolln spent her fellowship in Quito and
Manta, Ecuador, and Lindner traveled to Manila, Philippines.
Following are the names of UI medical students and
their destinations. These fourth-year students will use their Freeman Fellowships
during the Spring 2000 semester.
Brandon Backlund, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa
Kelby Bethards, Kathmandu, Nepal
Laurie Carr, Kota, India
Sean Clinefelter, Kota, India
Elise DeVore, Mali, Africa
Charity Hix, Kathmandu, Nepal
Dan Olney, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Sarah Pertzborn, Kathmandu, Nepal
Sad Sayeed, Kathmandu, Nepal
Michael Schuster, Hyderabad, India
Kate Smith, Port Vila, Vanuatu
David Weber, Hyderabad, India
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