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Release: Dec. 14, 1999

Freeman Fellowships enable UI medical students to study abroad

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Four University of Iowa College of Medicine students have traveled to developing countries this fall, and 12 more medical students will travel abroad next semester, as recipients of Barry Freeman Memorial Fellowships.

The Barry Freeman Fellowship Fund was created through the UI Foundation by the family of Barry Freeman, who was a medical student at the time of his death in 1972. The fellowship fund gives UI medical students a unique learning opportunity that expands their understanding of health care in other countries. Since 1982, it has provided the resources for more than 120 students to participate in a host country's medical program.

Linda Berman, a fourth-year medical student, traveled to Managua, Nicaragua last summer. She spent six weeks in both a public maternal-child hospital as well as a local clinic. She gained clinical experience and education in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine. Berman also conducted a research project, analyzing the prevalence of malnutrition among Nicaraguan children age 6 and younger.

The medical training and the cultural experience were extremely beneficial, Berman said.

"No matter where you are or what you do, you have to prove yourself," she said. "I wanted to go to a Spanish speaking country and interact and work with people from a different culture who have a different perspective. The medical education was good, yet part of the challenge also involved overcoming stereotypes -- not just how we in the United States view people from Central America or other countries, but their perceptions on what we're like."

Georgina Garcia, Karen Kolln, and Deborah Lindner, all second-year medical students, also completed their fellowships this fall. Garcia traveled to Torreon, Mexico, Kolln spent her fellowship in Quito and Manta, Ecuador, and Lindner traveled to Manila, Philippines.

Following are the names of UI medical students and their destinations. These fourth-year students will use their Freeman Fellowships during the Spring 2000 semester.

Brandon Backlund, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa

Kelby Bethards, Kathmandu, Nepal

Laurie Carr, Kota, India

Sean Clinefelter, Kota, India

Elise DeVore, Mali, Africa

Charity Hix, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dan Olney, Port Vila, Vanuatu

Sarah Pertzborn, Kathmandu, Nepal

Sad Sayeed, Kathmandu, Nepal

Michael Schuster, Hyderabad, India

Kate Smith, Port Vila, Vanuatu

David Weber, Hyderabad, India

 

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