LOCAL STUDENT STUDIES MEDICINE IN AUSTRALIA - Jessica Carpenter Joins International Mission On Medicine

Jessica Carpenter of Brohard was selected to participate in the International Mission of Medicine in Australia in May. Carpenter joined eighty other college and university students from throughout the United sates interested in medical careers for a culturally enriching experience designed to add each participant's personal knowledge, as well as academic and pre-professional profiles.

Carpenter visited the the extraordinary cities of Sydney and Cairns and the distinguished halls of the University of Sydney School of Medicine and James Cook University. Through observation and dialogs with medical staff, participants gained perspective on how western doctors administer care to Australia's many ethnic groups.

"As students like Jessica progress in their studies, it becomes increasingly important to gain a full perspective on how medicine is practiced in the United States and abroad," said John Hines, executive director of Envision Institute, the organization that sponsors the International Missions. "The International Mission on Medicine joins the efforts of colleges and universities in offering experiential education that complements and enhances a college education."

The program curriculum introduced its participants to the pharmacology of the Aboriginal people and provided a glimpse into current medical research being conducted at the Great Barrier Reef.

By focusing on education in which participants learn by doing, Envision Institute provides the skills and resources needed to succeed in our constantly changing world and gives its participants the opportunity to gain a tremendous head start on their career aspirations.

Jessica has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and plans to attend WVU this fall. Her goal is to become a trauma surgeon. Jessica is the daughter of Tim Carpenter of Stutler Ridge and Lisa Carpenter of Little Creek, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stutler of Little Creek.