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Timmy Resources
Interested in learning more? Visit Timmy’s website at
http://timmyglobalhealth.org.
Contact Timmy
If you would like to discuss your trip or just want to share your thoughts
or ideas, feel free to contact our office:
Timmy Global Health
22 E 22nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: 317-920-1822
Email: aleman@timmyglobalhealth.org
Your Medical Service Trip
Reflection Booklet
Name: _____________________
Welcome to your MST
Reflection Guide!
Dear Timmy MST Trip Participant,
Welcome to Timmy and your Medical Service Trip to one of
our sites in Ecuador, Guatemala or the Dominican Republic!
Thank you for your commitment to helping Timmy keep its
promise of providing quality and consistent healthcare to
our patients around the world. You are joining a
continuously expanding network of students who are on
their way to becoming the next generation of global health
leaders. While your MST may be one or two weeks, you are
contributing to a much larger mission of helping Timmy and
our local partners expand healthcare and build capacity
within the communities we serve.
Congratulations on beginning your journey! We are excited
for you as you take on this challenging yet meaningful and
impactful role as a trip participant. Your trip is what you
make of it and we hope that you take this opportunity to
learn and grow before, during and after your trip. All it takes
is one Timmy student to change the world and you are
beginning right now. How will you make an impact?
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Getting Started: How to Use Your
Reflection Guide
Why Keep a Reflection Guide?
We believe that reflection is essential to understanding your
role and impact in global health and on your trip. The
purpose of this guide is to provide you with a platform to
think critically about your experience on your trip. Use this
booklet however you like as a journal or diary, a way to
remember your trip, or a tool to understanding your own
thoughts and experiences. There are no requirements or
right answers. Your thoughts and ideas are important and
meaningful and we hope you use this Guide to capture them!
“We do not learn from experience…we
learn from reflecting on experience
John Dewey
How it Works
We have categorized your Reflection Guide into four
categories: Pre-Trip, On Your Way, During Your Trip and
Post-Trip. Our goal is to provide thoughtful and relevant
quotes and questions to help you to process and ultimately
understand global health and your role on your MST. This
will then lead to the What Now? section to consider what
your next steps are to continuing your understanding and
service in global health and improving healthcare disparities
in your community and around the world.
Timmy Global Health & Your
Medical Service Trip
Timmy Global Health: More Than Just a Trip
Understanding that your one or two week MST is more than
just a one-and-done service is crucial to recognizing the
significance of your work during your trip. As you may know,
Timmy travels to each of our sites every 2-3 months to
provide a continuity of care.
We can best understand the needs of the communities we
serve because of our local partnerships and local staff. In
each of our sites, we partner with local organizations,
hospitals and governments to best understand the
healthcare needs and what we can do to help build capacity
and not dependency.
Our local partners and staff help Timmy identify the
communities and patients with the greatest need. We also
provide a referral program that allows us to refer any
patient with additional needs outside of our primary care
clinics and covers the costs of these specialty consults,
surgeries, and more to ensure patients get the care they
need. We also cover transportation and any additional
assistance needed to ensure patients can receive care.
To understand our patients and the impact of our clinics on
the communities, we use an EMR (Electronic Medical
Records) system called TimmyCare to keep detailed records
of our patients and analyze our patient data after each MST.
Being responsible and consistent about the care in our
clinics requires a thorough set of Timmy medical, safety and
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clinic policies, procedures, protocols and formulary which
was created and is continuously reviewed and updated by
our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). Our MAC is
comprised of return Timmy medical professional volunteers
who are dedicated to helping Timmy provide the best and
highest quality care we can for our patients.
Outside of our medical clinics, Timmy works alongside our
community partners on many other projects related to
nutrition, public health and safe water. Ask your Medical
Programs Coordinator about other Timmy projects at your
site!
Welcome to your MST
Reflection Guide!
Dear Timmy MST Trip Participant,
Welcome to Timmy and your Medical Service Trip to one of
our sites in Ecuador, Guatemala or the Dominican Republic!
Thank you for your commitment to helping Timmy keep its
promise of providing quality and consistent healthcare to
our patients around the world. You are joining a
continuously expanding network of students who are on
their way to becoming the next generation of global health
leaders. While your MST may be one or two weeks, you are
contributing to a much larger mission of helping Timmy and
our local partners expand healthcare and build capacity
within the communities we serve.
Congratulations on beginning your journey! We are excited
for you as you take on this challenging yet meaningful and
impactful role as a trip participant. Your trip is what you
make of it and we hope that you take this opportunity to
learn and grow before, during and after your trip. All it takes
is one Timmy student to change the world and you are
beginning right now. How will you make an impact?
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“I would argue that a social justice approach should be
central to medicine and utilized to be central to public
health. This could be very simple: the well should take care
of the sick” – Paul Farmer
What do you think social justice means within the context of global
health? What are some social injustices in healthcare that you see within
your own community or do you expect to see on your MST? Think about
social justice as an approach to global health, what this looks like to you
and how this affects your views on global health.
Section 2: On Your Way
“When it comes to Global Health, there is no “them” only
“us”. – Global Health Council
As you are sitting in the airport, or on your flight, think about your
expectations for your trip. What can imagine you may have in common
and what are some differences you may have with the people in the
communities you will serve? Why do you think it’s important to view
yourself and the people in the communities we serve as “us instead of
“them”?
We were not all born to be doctors and
nurses, but we were all born to be healers.” Dr. Chuck
Dietzen
Dr. Chuck, founder of Timmy Global Health, believes that all people can
be healers. In what ways can someone heal without being a medical
professional? How do you think you can heal others and how do you
think this can play a role in clinic? Why do you think this is important
for those who are not medical professionals?
Section 3: During Your Trip
“The essence of global health equity is that something so
precious as health might be viewed as a right.” –
Paul Farmer
As you begin your week, think about the healthcare conditions and access
to resources in the communities you serve. Consider the inequalities
within the country and within the world. Do you consider health a right?
Do you think that health is being treated as such within these
communities? Write about what you see: the people, the living conditions,
the communities, and how does this affect your view of health?
“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has
everything.” – Owen Arthur
Consider your work during clinic this week. What do you think your
biggest impact will be? Compare your thoughts and expectations before
your trip about your own motivations and cultural competency to how
you are feeling now. What are some differences or new experiences you
have encountered? Challenge yourself to consider the significance of
your work and your impact.
“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a
man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.”
Chinese Proverb
A common misconception of short term medical service trips is the idea
that they serve as a band aid fix to much larger problems. Timmy works
hard to create sustainable development without creating dependency in
the communities we serve. Think about sustainable development in a
global health context. In what ways can short term medical service trips
and global health nonprofits create sustainable change in these
communities? How can we help build capacity for our local partners and
governments? What is the ultimate goal for global health?
Section 4: Post-Trip
“There can be no real growth without healthy populations.
No sustainable development without tackling disease and
malnutrition. No international security without assisting
crisis-ridden countries. And no hope for the spread of
freedom, democracy and human dignity unless we treat
health as a basic human right.” -Gro Brundtland
On your journey home, consider the bigger picture impact of your work
and of the work in global health. In what ways do you think providing
healthcare to the communities affected the well-being of the community
and the country? Write about why you think global health is important
for the countries we serve and for the world.
“Don’t let complexity stop you. Be activists. Take on the big
inequities. It will be one of the great experiences of your
lives.”
Bill Gates
Now that you are back home from your trip, you may be feeling inspired
to continue moving forward in the direction of tackling today’s most
pressing global health issues. Consider your future goals for global
health. What are your dreams in continuing to make a difference in the
world and how can you achieve these dreams? In what ways can you use
your experience to continue your journey?
What Now?
What should you do now that you are back from
your Medical Service Trip? Create lasting
accountability!
Now that you are back home from your trip, we hope that you
can continue to engage in your experience by creating lasting
accountability. This means that you continue to use your
experience to challenge yourself and consider how you can be
a catalyst for change in both your local community and
abroad. There are many ways to do this and we have
provided a few ideas for you as you move forward in
achieving your goals:
Communicate your experiences! Most likely, you will be
asked by all your family, friends, classmates and professors
about your Medical Service Trip. Try coming up with a brief
yet meaningful 1-3 sentence summary or “elevator speech”
that can inspire conversation about your trip. Try coming up
with your speech and write it out here:
Call with Tammy 6/26
Incentives for completing/ participate
Sections for group discussion
Post-trip mandatory meetings incorporating post tirp
questions and staying involved with Timmy
Potential partner or group questions / less intimidating
to start with partner rather than the whole group
Informal on dinner /themes for dinners
Mutual learning between med profs and students
Med prof specific booklet help with recruitment?!