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USF MCOM Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Service Trip
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The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine student-run organization established to promote the improvement of healthcare for underprivileged communities. In October, we will be traveling to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, where our multidisciplinary team consisting of USF medical students and USF-associated physicians will provide acute medical care, health education, and preventive medicine to patients lacking access to basic medical services. LMSA’s work complements that of another student-led organization at USF MCOM called Project World Health (PWH). With PWH traveling to Jarabacoa in the spring and LMSA traveling to the same sites in the fall, USF MCOM is able to provide sustainable health care to this region of the Dominican Republic.

During last year’s trip, LMSA set up a total of six clinics over a three-day period and provided medical care to over 1,500 patients, reaching twice the number of patients than in the previous year. We were also able to offer hygiene kits containing toothpaste, toothbrushes, fluoride treatments, shampoo, body soap, and deodorant in an effort to improve preventive health measures. Following each mission trip, LMSA continues to make an impact by implementing what is learned in the Dominican Republic to better serve the Hispanic communities in the Tampa Bay area. Our efforts earned LMSA the 2015 Student Humanitarian Organization Award presented by the USF Morsani College of Medicine.

LMSA’s success would not be possible without the help from our generous donors. Due to the support we receive, we are able to purchase supplies and medications that allow much needed care to reach Hispanic communities who would have not received these services otherwise. We are hoping to make this year’s upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic an even greater success. We will be collecting medications, toiletry items, and other supplies from businesses, organizations, and individual donors. We will also be holding multiple fundraising events throughout the year in order to subsidize the cost of the trip. If you would like to learn more about the LMSA mission trip, click here, or check out their Facebook page here.

If you have any specific questions regarding the trip or you would like to participate in our efforts, please contact the LMSA mission trip co-chairs Rachelle Price ( or Eric Hasenkamp (



To give to the Latino Medical Student Association, click here (Fund #250253, The Latino Medical Student Association Fund).




LMSA is proudly sponsored by USF World.

USF Morsani College of Medicine Alumni Society
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 70, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: 813-974-1470 I Fax: 813-974-2936

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