Global Public Service Academy for Health
Maumee Valley is excited to partner with the extraordinary faculty and undergraduates from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University to become part of the Global Public Service Academy for Health.
An Extraordinary Opportunity
GPSA for Health's Xela program is an intensive experience for students with a passion for career paths such as a medical doctor (MD), nurse (RN, LPN), pharmacist, biomedical engineer (BME, dentist or other health occupations.
The students’ GPSA experience begins in their arrival city: Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA airport). Shortly after their arrival, students will travel as a group to Xela. Though Xela is the center of activity for the program, students live with a college leader in groups of five or six with a host family in pueblos outside of Xela. Living with a host family creates the perfect atmosphere to practice Spanish and learn from and experience the Guatemalan culture.
For their clinical service, students are divided into teams led by trained college students (premeds from Duke, Johns Hopkins or similar universities) or faculty. Students learn to facilitate several medical interventions and screenings (how to vaccinate, how to measure infant height and weight, how to check for diabetes, how to measure blood pressure, heart rate, etc.) and complete an introductory cultural and language training. The language training is intense (two to three hours, one-on-one per day) and focused on Spanish. Fluent Spanish speakers will study one of the local Mayan languages.
Participants not only learn more about healthcare, but they also get to experience a new and different culture, perhaps making some lifelong friends in the process. Participants will be making a difference and starting their medical careers now!