“The Right to Heal” was screened on Thursday, November 21st, at the Health Sciences Building at the University of Alaska in Anchorage to mostly first-year UW medical students in the WWAMI program.
WWAMI is a regional program that allows students from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho to attend University of Washington as their “state” medical school.
We were honored to have Kirsten Jorgensen as our host. Kirsten, a first year medical student, spent a year prior to medical school working in Lima, Peru with Partners in Health on public health and education, which ignited her interest in global health education, primary care and surgery. She believes that “it is incredibly important to demonstrate that providing health care globally is not restricted to primary care, but rather encompasses all types of medicine.”
Some comments from the medical students at the post-screening discussion:
"Wow, I didn't realize so many problems could be solved with only 15 essential surgeries"
"Send on a message to them that we're all interested now in learning basic surgical procedures and working to eliminate this burden of disease."
Thank you, Kirsten, and the medical students at UW Anchorage, WWAMI program. We are proud to have you spread the film's message and support our movement. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to increasing surgical access worldwide.