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May 2011 Issue
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Day of Service Provides Experience, Touches Students at UC

By Katie Pence
Published May 2011

The Initiative on Poverty, Justice and Health (IPJH) held the UC College of Medicine’s first Day of Service on Saturday, April 2.

Seven groups, comprising 81 students, faculty and residents, met and had breakfast at the Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building, then ventured out to organizations in the community to lend a hand and help the various missions. Participating service sites included Su Casa, St. Vincent de Paul, Redwood, Anthony House, Matthew 25: Ministries, Mercy Franciscan at St. Johnand Habitat for Humanity.

The groups then met back at UC to discuss the impact of the day and what they learned from their experiences. Colleen Marty, second-year medical student, and Morgan Brown, first-year medical student, service chairs for IPJH, say the day was a success.

"Everyone seemed very happy and excited about their experiences,” says Marty. "This type of event removes us from our bubble and lets us see what is actually happening in our community.”

"Most students were involved in their community before coming to medical school, and as future physicians, we want to help people,” adds Brown.

"This is a way for us to get back to our roots and show our dedication to the Cincinnati community as a whole.”

For more information on IPJH or getting involved next year, email Marty at colleen.m.marty@gmail.com or Brown at morganbrown9@gmail.com.

To see a video of Marty and Brown describing the day, click here.


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