Students and faculty from Belmont University’s health science programs recently attended the 2015 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 3000 health professionals and students gathered for the world’s largest medical missions gathering.
Professor of Nursing Dr. Ruby Dunlap and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Dr. Tracy Frame coordinated participation of 16 students from Belmont’s nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy programs. Student involvement was spearheaded by Derek Neice, senior nursing major, and registration fees were paid by the Gabhart Fund.
“We all have lots to reflect on and think about as we move forward towards a goal of participating in the mission field as nurses someday,” said Kaylee Leddy, senior nursing student.
Savannah Hari, an occupational therapy doctoral student, added, “I’ve had an ongoing relationship with an organization in Haiti, and I’ve been praying that the Lord would affirm that I should continue a relationship with them. This weekend He absolutely did, and I’m excited to finish out the semester knowing that the end goal is to take my knowledge of therapy to the developing countries.”
“The Global Missions Health Conference provided so much information on how I as a future PT can incorporate a missions oriented mind in my practice domestically as well as how to go out into the world and serve,” said Grace Cronin, a physical therapy doctoral student. “It gave me a new perspective and a fire in my heart to continue the work the Lord has placed in me.