At 4 pm on the fourth of November 2017, the MD1 students of Avalon University School of Medicine, took part in a Health Fair at the Mangusa Shopping Center, Santa Rosaweg Road, Willemstad Curaçao.
Everyone, including myself, were involved in health fair activities. Faculty and students felt very proud because the health fair event was so successful. We checked blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and height for more than a 100 people.
It was a good experience for both faculty and students because the health fair provided the perfect care of public health and medicine. At one point we were advising a patient on his/her individual health needs; at another, we were addressing a group on a health topic salient to the community.
At our health fairs, students work in tandem for the community’s improved health. At these events, we envision our work to be integrally woven into the fabric of the community’s identity and goals. There are few things more powerful than the feeling of contributing to a much larger whole.
We have learned from these health’s fairs that this event is an excellent way to engage underserved communities in caring for their health. It offers a unique opportunity to engage patients in the community with which they self-identify and is a great opportunity to field patient questions. It also uncovers and provides a platform to correct misconceptions, and can grow our practice.
We thank our school, Avalon University School of Medicine, our Executive Dean, Dr. Sateesh Arja as well as the administrative staff for their efficiency and organization of this event.
Dr. Tarig Fadlallah Altahir Ahmed
Two other Health Fairs were done earlier in the Community.
- September 2017 – Headed by Dr. Sateesh Arja joined by the MD2 students.
- October 2017 – Also headed by Dr. Sateesh Arja joined by the MD2 students.