How Students Apply Their Learning

Semester One of 2020 will soon be history for Adelante Mujer students in the Intercultural Medicine program of URACCAN University in northeast Nicaragua.  In addition to attending classes, doing assignments, and helping at the hospital, our students often do volunteer work by providing health care to family, neighbors, and needy people in the area.  Below are ventures of our sixth-year students. 

 Allison:  The photo I am sending you is of my granny.  I take care of her always.  I take her blood pressure and vital signs in the morning and at night because the situation we are in could affect her a lot.  She is elderly and should not be exposed to any contagion.  We all take great care, we use masks and wash our hands and disinfect everything to keep her safe.  

Jazmin:  Because of the global pandemic we are not working in the hospital.  The report I share with you is taken in the neighborhood where I live.  This patient has chronic-based pathology of high blood pressure.  I went to care for her, finding her high pressures of 140/100.  She was given advice for appropriate use of her treatment and is feeling better.    

 Judith:  We are learning about the most common pathologies in our environment and in the world such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, pyelonephritis, electrocardiogram reading, congestive heart failure, epilepsy, pneumonia, and others.  As a medical student I am always available to people who need my care either in taking blood pressure, giving injections, and providing information about medications.

 Maikelin:  From the end of March I started my clinical practices in internal medicine service which was a beautiful experience.  I always went to clinical practices at 6:00AM and left at 12.  Most of the patients assigned me were elderly people. … I was very pleased to attend them with humanism and love.  And, with a smile, I hear them say thank you.  It is a wonderful privilege.

Jenny:  My mother is diabetic and has hypertension and often does not feel well.  As a medical student, I keep an eye on her every day and help her with her medications.  With all the coved-19 people in my neighborhood they are in solitary confinement as a method of prevention.  But whenever they need my help they call by phone and I help them in whatever way I can.

Keyla:  I give volunteer services in blood pressure intakes and daily glycemia, in this way I also provide advice regarding diet and protective measures.  I carry out this activity taking all measures so as not to infect myself or infect others.

Mercy:  A gentleman was admitted to the orthopedic room for an injury on the sole of his foot.  With two weeks of antibiotics he did not improve.  It turned out that the disease had damaged the main vascularity of his foot. The next step was amputation.  I was in the surgery of that patient, I felt very sad because I imagine the anguish of that person. Maybe he thought the injury was minor and now he needed an amputation.

Sister Diane, CSA ~ July 2020

Adelante Mujer’s Secretary


My name is Marie Trebec and I was hired two years ago to serve as part-time secretary at the “international office” of Adelante Mujer, Inc. in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  Sister Diane, now the Executive Director, asked me to tell my story as to how this came about and what interests me about the organization.

I had previously worked for 35 years at a law firm in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and before that was a teacher for 15 years.  I am involved in music and liturgy work with the Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA) and love that part of my life.  Two years ago notice went out online to the CSA Associate Community (of which I am a member) requesting applications for a part-time position as secretary for Adelante Mujer, Inc.   I jumped at the chance to apply.  As a donor, I was aware of the work that Adelante Mujer did to solicit funds to support women in northeastern Nicaragua who were studying to be medical doctors.  Now I could be a small part in helping this most worthwhile cause.  The fact that the organization supports the training of women is another big plus for me.

On the two afternoons I work each week I enjoy keeping updated lists of students, lists of donors, charts of grants, printing thank-you letters, entering checks and donations in Quickbooks, filing, wrapping stethoscopes for the graduating doctors, and anything else for which I am needed.  An excellent way to learn about everything that goes on in the organization is to help in writing grants.  What eye-opening work!

During this COVID-19 Safer at Home time, I am able to continue with some of the work at home.  Sister Diane and I stay in touch online and hang work completed or to be done in a plastic bag on one another’s front doors.  We have it all worked out!  The picture is taken at my kitchen table office at home.

To me, one of the most amazing things about this program is that Sister Diane (and Sister Ann before her) knows each student personally and is concerned for the welfare of each one.  Sister Diane goes twice a year to Nicaragua to interview applicants, visit with students in various years of study, and keeps in contact with them via email and they with her.  Not many organizations can say they know each person with whom they are working and for whom the organization exists.

All of us working for Adelante Mujer are grateful to all of you who donate and keep the organization going.  I work here because I strongly believe in our mission.

Marie Trebec ~ June 2020