Call For Support: 2013 Scholarship for Sustainability in Short-Term Volunteer Work

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By Henry Lin, MD and Lawrence Loh, MD MPH The 53rd Week is pleased to announce its annual volunteer scholarship for the upcoming 53rd Week Medical Service Initiative to the Dominican Republic in December 2013.  Over the past seven years, our volunteer teams have worked in La Romana, Dominican Republic, together with the local leadership at the Good Samaritan Hospital and thirty other volunteer…

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One of the better problems to have?

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​By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH-Finally got around to uploading tape from my talk at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine last month. We managed to film most of it, except for a small little portion of the talk where I talked about the work of The 53rd Week in regards to awareness/advocacy, innovation/collaboration, and research into the phenomenon of short-term…

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A Reminder of What We’re Trying to Accomplish

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This fortnight’s posting, which comes from Dr. Christine Thorne, comes on the heels of Thanksgiving and into the traditional holiday season of giving and our team’s trip down to the Dominican Republic. Using a recent World Bank publication, she reminds of us of the deeper purpose of The 53rd Week’s work: the idea that young professionals, given the right environment, guidance,…

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Another year, another step closer - happy holidays to all!

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By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH- Our team is in the midst of final preparations now for our trip down to the Dominican this year. This time, our trip has a different sense of purpose – the thrill of experimentation and trying to see if our crazy idea to optimize short-term trips will be received by the community. Our website is in its final stages of…

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Symposium: a step in the right direction

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By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH - This is a blog entry coming live to you from a beautiful fall evening in Boston. I just arrived here and am getting ready to head out to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. tomorrow to participate in a symposium focused on bringing together all those different teams that work in La Romana. Its not…

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So what would a website look like?

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By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH In our last post at the beginning of April, we started to talk a bit about what a potential coordination website would look like. Most of what weve come up with has been through informal discussion with lots of people - the local community were building the site for, the other teams that have significantly longer and diverse experiences…

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