INDIANAPOLIS – Butler volleyball defensive specialist Jadyn Yarling will be taking a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic this May before returning to campus for her senior season in 2014.
Yarling, a member of the physician assistant program at Butler, will spend a week in the Dominican Republic along with Butler pharmacy students from May 12-19. For the first time ever at Butler, both physician assistant and pharmacy graduate students will be working together internationally.
"Our hope is that this trip will have a rippling effect for the future and provide even more opportunities for pharmacy and PA students to work together on mission trips, potentially even for college credit," Yarling stated.
The students will team with Barnabas Task, a non-profit organization that brings transformation in local communities, utilizing Christ-centered principals and encouraging people to find solutions to their own problems.
Members of Barnabas Task helped the students organize the trip, as they make several visits to the Dominican Republic each year. Several health care professionals have trained the Butler students throughout the spring semester and many will be on the mission trip to help guide the process.
While working in the Dominican Republic, the students will set up a medical clinic with several physicians, nurses, dentists, PA's, and other practitioners. Under their direction, the students will be applying fluoride treatment and doing general physical exams.
Students will also be going into the community schools, churches, and orphanages to share presentations on different health care issues and build relationships primarily with the people of Cien Fuegos. Students will educate the people there and empower them to make holistic changes such as using clean water and micro-finance.
"Overall, this is an amazing opportunity to serve the community of the Dominican Republic and also gain valuable healthcare experience," Yarling said.