Conference Introduces Students to Medical Missions

Pharmacy student

Pharmacy and nursing students will be exposed to the world of medical missions when they attend the Global Missions Health Conference. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Nathan Pilling, Public Relations Writer

November 7, 2012

Seventy students and faculty from Cedarville’s inaugural class of professional pharmacy students and the School of Nursing will travel to the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY, Nov. 8-10. The conference will introduce attendees to the broader world of medical missions.

Educational sessions will include topics related to patient care, global health, community health and development, and missions preparation. Students will have opportunities to hear from experts in medical missions, visit relevant exhibitors and learn in practical breakout sessions. Jeffrey Lewis, Pharm.D., associate dean of the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy, expects the conference will bring students to a greater understanding of this type of work.

“We want our students to get connected to this conference so that they can leverage what they learn and the connections they make during the course of their time here at Cedarville and also throughout their career,” said Lewis.

Because students must participate in an extended health service learning project to graduate from the School of Pharmacy, this type of experience will help open their eyes to the work that others are doing in this area throughout the world, while also helping them prepare for their project.

“We want to make sure that our graduates recognize and are able to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients,” said Lewis. “In order to do that they need to see patients holistically.” Lewis said that students learn to see patients this way by helping the underserved in cross-cultural environment.

One of the goals of the School of Pharmacy is to have students involved in missions work upon graduation. “As a part of their time here they will have learned ideas and developed skills and a knowledge base that is in vital need around the world,” Lewis said. “I want the students to figure out how they’re going to take the blessing and even the privilege of what they’ve learned here and leverage it on behalf of people around the world that do not have access to it otherwise.”

Lewis hopes that students will develop valuable relationships with those who are currently serving in the missions field and that students will be able to learn from those relationships: “I hope that their hearts will be moved in such a way that regardless of what career path they choose within the pharmacy profession, that this will be the start of lighting the fire that will always have them connected.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.