‘Physicians for Humanity’ cultivates medical students by reaching out to the poor.
PCOM Medical Students Gary Zane, Catherine Babbitt-Cook, Kelsey Thrush and Kimberly Marakovits return from
with a fresh look into what it means to serve others and are paving the way for future volunteers. Ecuador
This approach has been opening the eyes, hearts and minds of PFH volunteers for eight years.
Prior to 2011, PFH volunteers have spent only a small portion of their time in
travelling to and from areas of poverty throughout their stay. This past year, a group of volunteers spent their entire month living with host families in some of the poorest areas in Ecuador . As a result of this increased involvement, these volunteers’ lives were changed forever and their personal growth is already translating into a life-long journey of service. Gary Zane of Ecuador Deptford, NJ graduate of Rutgers University, Catherine Babbitt-Cook of Portland, OR graduate of Ursinus College, Kelsey Thrush of Chambersburg, PA graduate of Juniata College and Kimberly Marakovits of Rocky Hill, CT graduate of Boston College returned from their eye-opening experience in in August. As second year PCOM medical students, they are leading the way in advocating for our mission and inspiring the next generation of volunteers. They have begun sharing their lessons of service by leading groups of medical students in engaging with a homeless shelter in Duran, Ecuador . Current projects: Our clinic ‘Derechos de los Pobres’ in Philadelphia Duran, Ecuador and the Shelia Dennis House in For more information about our mission visit our website at: www.physiciansforhumanity.org. Philadelphia, PA.