Graduate Student Immersion

AMSN Immersion

Real-World Care

International service learning trips teach more than just clinical care. This immersion program offered to our graduate program students focuses on quality improvement and provides the opportunity for students to work in unfamiliar cultures while facing real-world health care challenges such as working with interpreters and facing medical supply shortages.

Graduate students in the School of Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner program Phil Dillard (Emergency) and Abby Wetzel (Nurse-Midwifery) discuss their immersion program experience with Cabin Creek Health Systems and working alongside clinic staff at the Clendenin Clinic to evacuate medically-fragile residents during the region’s recent storms and devastating flooding. Cabin Creek is a federally-qualified health center that provides essential health services to vulnerable populations in rural West Virginia through several community-based clinics.

Cap Haitien, Haiti Summer 

Program Contact: Dr. Hope Bussenius

The group will travel directly to Cap-Haïtien, Haiti where students will have the opportunity to provide direct patient-centered health care and education to populations across the lifespan in a variety of clinical experiences, including care to special needs children in an orphanage and in the hospital setting.

They will be able to compare a health care system in a developed country to the health care system in Haiti, where the average per capita income is approximately $2.00 per day.  They will explore the health care challenges confronting Haiti, focusing on the nurse’s role in delivery of care and the social, cultural, political, and economic factors that influence health care.

Santo, Haiti Summer

Program Contact: Dr. Marie Mompoint

The group will travel directly to Santo, Haiti where students will work directly under the supervision of the faculty and on site physicians in the community on various health projects.  This experience is fostered through a partnership with Foundation for Peace.  Foundation for Peace is a well-established organization that supports schools, water purification facilities, churches and medical clinics within the Haitian rural communities. 

A typical mission day includes community outreach, relationship-building, and 600 to 1,000 patients a day, usually in rural communities. 

Moultrie Summer 

Program Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Downes

Partnering with The Ellenton Farmworker Clinic, the program is centered in agriculturally rich southwest Georgia. Students are housed in the Hampton Inn in Moultrie, Georgia in Colquitt County.  Counties served by the Ellenton Clinic are Colquitt, Cook, Brooks and Tift.  Each day students deliver preventive care (screenings and well child physicals) to children of migrant workers attending a county sponsored summer school.  Evenings are spent delivering episodic care to farmworkers at farms or housing areas.

West Virginia

Program Contact: Dr. Carolyn Clevenger

Students will stay together in a large rental house near Charleston, West Virginia. This group is hosted by the Cabin Creek and New River Health Systems, two Federally-Qualified Health Centers each consisting of 5-6 clinics. Between the various clinics, opportunities exist for health promotion, chronic disease management and acute illness care across the entire spectrum from pediatric to geriatric patients. Both FQHC's excel in the integration of behavioral health in primary care. For more information on these clinics, please see and Expect to share close quarters and long days; but also beautiful views and a unique hill-folks culture of hospitality.

The Lillian Cater Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is now accepting applications for its spring graduate immersion programs. To apply, click here.
Elizabeth Downes
Associate Clinical Professor