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Reflections on the medical mission trip that changed my life and nursing career

Motivated by her own experiences with poverty, one registered nurse followed her calling and took her skills overseas on a medical mission trip to serve some of the poorest and least fortunate families in west Africa. Jacqueline Gallegos, RN, spent the holiday season far away from her family and instead, surrounded by strangers in a …

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Why being a physician is a blessing and a privilege

I feel privileged to be an orthopedic surgeon. Every day, I have the chance to make an impact on someone else’s life, to give someone back their independence, to help someone walk again. No two days are the same, but each one is fulfilling. But sometimes, I forget what a gift this job is. I …

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Nurse embarks on mission to spend the holidays serving in West Africa

In this season of giving thanks, we remember to pause from our busy lives, take a breath and count our blessings. But one nurse is taking the spirit of thanksgiving even further — all the way to West Africa. Instead of spending the holiday season surrounded by family and the comforts of home, Jackie Gallegos, …

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Cardiac surgeon “Saving Hearts” in home country of Peru

Serving others plays a large role in the day-to-day work at Baylor Scott & White Health, but some members of the team go above and beyond to embody the true meaning of serving others in need — even when it takes them to another continent. Lima, Peru, is home to one of the oldest hospitals …

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Calling to help others leads surgeon to Vietnam

For Justin Kane, MD, serving others through medical missions isn’t just a nice thing to do — it’s a core part of who he is as a physician. He has a calling to help, and most recently, this calling led him to Vietnam. “I think everyone gets into medicine to help people. It was never …

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Nurse shares joyful memories from medical mission trip

Nikki Vermeer, RN, spent last Christmas an ocean away from her family and working with people she’d never met before. Earlier that month, she stepped outside her comfort zone and onto the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest charity hospital ship, for a months-long medical mission trip that would change her life. “I taught the patients …

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Our Children’s House employees inspired by medical missions

Two employees of Our Children’s House at Baylor in Grapevine recently traveled separately to China and Haiti on international missions, thanks to diligent fundraising and the assistance of scholarships. Through the Faith in Action Initiative (FIAI) and the Fred Roach Scholarship, Baylor employees like them are able to assist in international mission work in a variety of fields. …

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Cameroon medical mission a stark change for Baylor resident

Jo Weddle, M.D., recently completed her surgical residency at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. She is currently on a medical mission in Africa, where she is researching the impact of trauma on patients, families and physicians at Mbingo Baptist Hospital. This is one in a series of blog posts by Dr. Weddle.  After seven long …

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Mercy Ship mission eye-opening for Baylor nurse

For some people, an extended stay on a massive ship might evoke thoughts of an exotic vacation cruise. Not for Lindsey Briley, RN, who earlier this year volunteered in Africa on Mercy Ship, the floating hospital served by 400 volunteers from 33 countries. Anchored off the African coast at Pointe Noir, Congo, Briley experienced a multicultural world …

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