Dr. Bethany Hodge - Director of Global Education in School of Medicine
Dr. Bethany Hodge - Director of Global Education in School of Medicine

Forty-four students from UofL’s School of Medicine are traveling this summer, providing medical care to hundreds of people in some of the most remote areas of the globe.

The second-year medical students travel with and learn from UofL faculty as part of the Global Education Program, directed by Bethany Hodge.

Hodge says students and faculty are setting up “pop up primary care centers” in a rain forest in Ecuador, along the Amazon River in Brazil and in a rural part of Tanzania. People sometimes wait for hours in the hot sun to see the doctors and students from UofL.

“We’re teaching them tropical medicine. We’re teaching them social determinants of health and we’re cultivating their compassionate heart for people who have less than they do,” Hodge says.

The future doctors are also embracing an adventurous streak. “There’s a lot of peeing in holes in the ground and eating bugs,” Hodges says. “Those things really happen.”

About 30 percent of the students in every UofL School of Medicine class go on a global health experience, which is a slightly higher average than most medical schools, according to Hodge.

Listen to the entire interview with Hodge on “UofL Today with Mark Hebert.” 

Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.