Getting Started: How to Use Your
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” –
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