his semester, IAU’s chapter of the American Medical Student’s Association conducted three community clinics. Locals and even visitors took part in two free clinics in Vieux Fort and one in Micoud. The clinics were able to serve a large part of the local community with providing blood sugar readings, medical students conducted heart and lung auscultations, weight and BMI calculations. Further, it was important to continue to provide overall general health education to those who participated.
The AMSA clinics have always been a great way for current medical students, ranging from the BSP program to Semester 4 students to practice hands on medical skills as well as engage in meaningful patient interactions. It is also a great way to give back to the community that many of us have considered to be a home away from home, while studying medical basic science courses.
AMSA also held it’s first ever charity volleyball tournament on June 28th. There were 20 athletic participants as well as many spectators to support a valuable cause that raised over $120 EC for a local Saint Lucian children’s charity. AMSA would like to express a big thank the 20 participants who committed and competed in friendly volleyball games as well as to everyone who came out during clinics and provided their time and medical assistance where it was needed.
In the future, AMSA hopes to continue the great outreach through community clinics for the local community, continue to provide hands on learning experiences for medical students, as well as fundraising for children’s charity.