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”