Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

We can proudly tell you where one of the Adelante Mujer doctors has gone and what she has accomplished. On March 26 a member of the first graduating class of Intercultural Medicine and of Adelante Mujer earned her title as Pediatrician from UNAN University in León, Nicaragua. Her letter below describes her gratitude. Each and every donor can celebrate her success which may not have been possible without your help. 

Hello. I am Joice. I was part of the Adelante Mujer program almost from the beginning and with its support I was able to conclude the Intercultural Medicine career of URACCAN University. I have so much to thank for and I have so many memories of Adelante Mujer.  

 

I still remember the day I arrived at the interview with Sister Ann McKean. I remember that Sister Ann thought I could be her interpreter because my friend Ana, who also was coming to ask for support of Adelante Mujer, told Sister Ann that I could interpret for us. That was a moment that caused us all to laugh. I do know some English but I could not be an interpreter!                

To be part of Adelante Mujer was very blessed because with that financial aid there was no need for my mother to worry so much about the expenses for my career. Being part of the Adelante Mujer program from the 3rd year until the end of 6th year, in addition to the financial aid, each meeting with Sister Ann and Sister Diane gave us many words of blessing for our lives. I must say that the support of Adelante Mujer, despite having finished the studies, was always helping us until we received our diploma and obtained our MINSA code number.

On March 26 2021, after three extra years of study, I have managed to conclude a medical specialty in pediatrics. I know that from heaven Sister Ann is proud of what every woman has achieved.  She told us that our training always continues for us to help other people in society, especially our people.

 

I am and will be grateful for the Adelante Mujer program and for every person who has decided to contribute financially to this program. God bless you.

Kind regards,

Dr. Joice ~ May 2021

                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

Sixty-One Doctors and Counting

Several years ago when Sister Ann McKean, CSA, PhD and I were talking with Dr. Manuel Salas about the goals of Adelante Mujer, we asked how many doctors Nicaragua would need. Thirty? Fifty? About how many? His reply was simple. “We will never have enough;  there is such a terrible shortage.”  “All right,” we decided, “Adelante Mujer will continue to provide financial assistance to women medical students for as long as God and our donors help us.”

On March 24, 2021 another glorious success of Adelante Mujer’s mission became a reality. Seven industrious students pronounced the Hippocratic Oath to become devoted physicians.

 

 

 

The Promotion Ceremony begins with the formal introduction of each student and her escort. Here Jenny and her father are announced as they enter the assembly.

 

 

 

Speeches by various personnel of URACCAN University and the On-Site Coordinator of Adelante Mujer, Kathy Levy, precede the administration of the Hippocratic Oath.

 

 

 

The Hippocratic Oath is administered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maikelin’s father (right) requests a photo be taken with Kathy Levy (left). He extends his gratitude to all of the donors for their generosity to his daughter. 

 

 

 

 

Presenting Doctors Allison, Jazmin, Jenny, Maikelin, Mercy, Judith, and Keyla

Congratulations T0 our seven newest doctors who will be serving the people of Nicaragua.

Sister Diane, CSA ~ April 2021

 

 

 

 

 

The Good News and the Sad

The Good News 

Donors sometimes ask about former medical students who became doctors.  Well, after they pronounce the Hippocratic Oath the new doctors spend one year as interns who work in the local hospital or in local clinics.  Following the internship, they are required to spend the next two years in “social service” which is a partial payment to the government for the government’s contribution to the cost of their medical education.  The total of nine years is culminated by the presentation and defense of a research paper required by URACCAN University.   Continue reading “The Good News and the Sad”