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IL: Three Medical Students to Spend Spring Break at Haitian Clinic

February 24, 2010

by Jill Blair-Smith

Three students from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine will spend their spring break helping earthquake victims at the Ebenezer Medical Clinic in Fort Liberté, Haiti. This clinic is currently being overwhelmed by the massive need for medical care pouring in from nearby Port-au-Prince.

Second-year osteopathic medical students, Aaron Zirk, Steven Smrha, and Michael Elkins, will spend seven days at the clinic run by local Haitian healthcare workers. They will assist local doctors in a wide range of primary care tasks such as setting fractures, suturing wounds, and treating other diseases and injuries. The trip was organized by Mr. Zirk who spent time last year in Haiti working at the clinic. "With the earthquake happening, it made it even more important to go back to Haiti to work in the clinic," he said. "I feel like we can help in a lot of ways and hopefully we'll be able to establish a long-term commitment."

On campus, the students organized a drive asking for basic medical supplies. "I think it's really important for people to be aware of what's going on in Haiti and to realize that this will be a long journey for them to recover," Mr. Zirk said. More information about the Ebenezer Clinic can be found at



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