Mathews native takes part in medical mission trip

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 01, 2019 - 02:05 PM

Mathews native Virginia Jarvis recently returned from Peru, where she spent her spring break from medical school fulfilling a dream to make a difference in other people’s lives. She spent the week on a medical mission trip, where she gained hands-on experience in a variety of settings.

“I went on a medical mission trip to Peru to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Jarvis said. “Even before deciding to go to medical school, it has been my dream to go on a mission trip and help those who otherwise would not have the resources we provided. When I did decide to attend medical school, I specifically chose a school that would allow me to have this experience.”

Photo: Medical student Virginia Jarvis of Mathews is shown debriding a necrotic ulcer on a patient’s foot during a recent medical mission trip to Peru.

Medical student Virginia Jarvis of Mathews is shown debriding a necrotic ulcer on a patient’s foot during a recent medical mission trip to Peru.

A first-year student at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Jarvis said her trip to Peru exceeded her expectations. She was part of a clinic that was set up at a local hospital in Calca, Peru. She said there were people who walked for miles just to be seen by their physicians, medical students, midwives and dentists. “There were people lined up down the entire hallway every day, and we saw a total of 1,325 patients in four days,” she said.