Recently the Payson Christian Clinic had the privilege of teaching 44 medical students from around the country about rural medicine. Part of a month-long class at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the students traveled from California to learn about medicine apart from tertiary care centers. When we asked for host families to take these students in for a night, we had offers for over 80 students.
Many questions were asked about health care for the uninsured and about the volunteer staff. They wanted to know the details about providing Whole Person Care to our community.
Saturday night we had a dinner celebration after which the students went home their host families. At the debriefing, many students said that coming to Payson was the highlight of their month-long experience. “I have never been in a rural area. There is a sense of community that is new to me.” “I wondered how strangers could take me home and the next morning, I wondered how I was going to say goodbye.” One burly medical student took pictures of the chocolates on his pillow to share with everyone.
These future medical professionals now have a rural medicine exposure that will carry through their training. We want to thank Gerardo for opening his restaurant for Sunday morning breakfast. Mountain Bible graciously provided the space for the potluck. Thank you Amity Justice and the E AZ AHEC program. Finally, we want to thank the many host families that made this a blessing for 44 medical students.
Thank you Payson, for being Payson once again.
Dr. Alan Michels