MSU Physicians Building Healthy Foundations

Jake Rowan helps with a treatment. Photo by Kurt Stepnitz.

MSU Physicians Building Healthy Foundations

By FOX 47 News . CREATED Sep 18, 2013

Travel south of the U.S. border to Merida, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, and you’ll find many in serious need of basic health care. You’ll also find physicians and medical students from MSU who are working to change that.

For the past two years, faculty from MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, led by Dean William Strampel, and in conjunction with the university’s Institute of International Health, have been working with leaders in the Yucatán’s health system to develop clinical programs that benefit the health of the area’s six million inhabitants.

MSU physician Jake Rowan moved to Merida to lead the on-site work necessary to best meet vital health needs, including the treatment of diabetes and kidney-related illnesses. Already 40 dialysis units and a hyperbaric chamber are up and running, and now the college is partnering to build Mexico’s first osteopathic clinic.

It’s all part of a plan that is laying a foundation for a healthier future by providing more and better health care to the people in and around Merida, while giving MSU medical students a healthy dose of first-hand experience.