When I came across Project C.U.R.E and the Kits for Kids Program while enrolled at the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), I was excited at the prospect of assembling and distributing 125 kits abroad. The mission at Project C.U.R.E. married so well with my future goals. Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to the developing world. Their projects service over 130 countries.
As part of the SOMA Executive Board, I volunteered to be in charge of the service project for the National Pre-SOMA Conference at CUSOM on April 12, 2014. Over 100 pre-medical students came from across the Southeast to this event to share information about the growing profession that is osteopathic medicine.
Without the help of DCIPC, we would not have been able to pack as many kits as we did. Because the Clinic Director, Fatima Khokhar, and I were able to work together in ordering the supplies, CUSOM-SOMA was able to pack 125 kits for Project C.U.R.E. and prepare them to be sent abroad. It was so great to feel that I could rely on my previous employer and receive their support. Medicine is really a team effort, and this project really showed the importance of cultivating and keeping quality relationships, like the one I had with MIPC.
DCIPC was a fantastic place for a budding physician to work. I was able to learn how an urgent care center operated efficiently. I enjoyed all of the direct patient contact, learned about medications and prescriptions and mastered skills like drawing blood and giving injections. My experience giving quality patient service at DCIPC gives me an advantage in medical school.
I have a background in International Relations, particularly the peoples and nationalities of West Africa. As such, it was incredibly important to me to incorporate health, medicine, and global impact into our service project. I received such positive feedback about the project as a whole. Everything went smoothly, all of the 125 kits were packed, and everyone was so happy! I truly hope that these kits reach families all over the world and help them to find their health.
Jordan Hitchens worked at DC Immediate & Primary Care as a Medical Assistant from July 2012-July 2013. Jordan is now the acting Secretary of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) in Buies Creek, North Carolina. CUSOM is the first and only Osteopathic Medical School in the state of North Carolina, and Jordan is honored to be part of the charter class.