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"Scratching The Surface"

Global DIRT was recently featured on the George Washington University Medical Center's website for some of its volunteers. We would like to, first and foremost, thank our fantastic volunteers who keep our organization rolling and also thank Anna Miller for writing this piece.

Read a quick excerpt here:

Scratching the Surface
by Anna Miller
September 23, 2011

Saba Ghorab, a second year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), remembers the day in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.

She remembers it well because it was the same day her father underwent heart surgery. At the time, concern for her father took precedence over concern for a nation over a thousand miles away.

But as her father recovered — and Haiti did not — Ghorab, who was working as an

Emergency Room technician at the George Washington University Hospital at the time, became increasingly determined to travel to the nation to aid its overwhelmed healthcare workforce.

And now, one year later, Ghorab has done just that — twice. First in June 2010; and most recently in July 2011. Both trips were led by Ghorab and former colleague Shafi Rehman, an ER technician in the GW Hospital.

“You learn a lot about third world medicine in the classroom, but I wanted to experience it firsthand,” says Ghorab, who studied Public Health as an undergraduate at GW and is currently leading SMHS’s Global Health Coalition. “I think it’s important for future health care professionals to see the world outside of their bubble and to be challenged in that way.”
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