MEDLIFE is open to all majors and our primary focus is on issues in global health. We host local service projects here in Athens by partnering with local non-profits in the area and providing student volunteers to power their initiatives.
Aside from local service projects, we host fundraisers for our parent non-profit, MEDLIFE, so that they can continue working towards global initiatives. Fundraisers include our annual 5K run and our frequent scarf sales at Tate Plaza and the Athens Farmers’ Market. We also host a benefit concert featuring local bands downtown.
In addition to these efforts, an important focus of MEDLIFE at UGA is to send students on mobile medical clinics and development trips in Latin America and Africa. These clinics allow students to attain hands-on experiences in shadowing doctors and providing healthcare abroad or obtain priceless experience building new constructions for local communities.
MEDLIFE at UGA strives to be an efficient and effective organization that not only gives sustainable aid to impoverished communities but also provides leadership and service opportunities to the students of UGA.
Speakers We Have Hosted
Scroll over the images below to learn about some of the professionals we have hosted at our bi-weekly general body meetings!
Steve Harris, director of the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness, gave courses on automated external defibrillator (AED) use and active threat response.
Justin Bray, program manager for Books for Keeps. BFK is an Athens-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to books for children in low-income families and ending “summer slide”—the learning loss suffered by many children while they are away from school.
Corina Beleaua, a professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, gave a presentation on the impact of culture on the perception and practice of medicine, as well as the issues that medical professionals encounter in their daily practice: empathy, illness, suffering, death, dialogue, relationships, and the power of the human story.
Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, commissioner of the GA Department of Public Health, spoke about health outcomes for Georgians and gave unique insight into the role of public health in combating recent health challenges and emergencies in the state and across the country.
Dr. Jessica Kissinger, director of the UGA Institute for Bioinformatics and a Distinguished Research Professor in Genetics. Her research aims to build information databases to help fight infectious diseases like malaria, as well as factors related to disease like childhood malnutrition.
Dr. Maria Navarro, associate director of the UGA Honors Program and CURO, spoke about the relationship between food security and health. She has worked in international development and agricultural education in the US, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia.
Dr. Taft Micks, a Canadian emergency medicine physician, gave a presentation via Skype on the use of point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) as a diagnostic tool in low-resource settings.
Nick Fouriezos, a UGA graduate and National Politics Reporter for OZY Magazine. He specializes in immersive, narrative non-fiction that sheds light on the way policy impacts people. He spoke about the effect of healthcare public policy on people all across America, as well as the complexity and obstacles preventing meaningful healthcare reform from being passed.
Noelle Broadnax from the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness gave a hands-on training seminar on how to control bleeding and use tourniquets—an especially useful skill that can save lives in incidents of severe hemorrhage.
Dr. Anne Zimeri, a professor in the College of Public Health and Department of Environmental Health Sciences, gave a presentation on local and international food insecurity, strategies and sustainable solutions related to agricultural practices, and educational outreach efforts in GA.