Mission to Heal

In 1979, a young doctor named Ronald Pust at the University of Arizona became the faculty director of a medical student-initiated program of service-learning in the Tucson area called, Commitment to Underserved People. This program was one of the first medical-school educational programs in global health in the country, operating on a shoestring budget, and overseen by just a few dedicated physicians and teachers with a passion for global health.

The documentary gives us an in depth look at global health and how the program at the U of A is different. Their approach focuses on the community and local institutions that are already in place and avoids the common trap of foreign doctors “parachuting in” during a medical crisis. From 1982 through 2013, this course has graduated 669 participants, who have gone to over 70 nations to practice medicine in developing and remote areas.



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June 6, 2020