There are many ways to explore global health; you can surf the Internet, attend global health conferences, join a team on short-term international mission trips, or spend extended time studying in a foreign medical facility. This site is designed to help direct you to available resources for all these experiences. It is a work in progress, so by all means please send any information about trips, conferences, or other relevant information to me at judith.simms-cendan@ucf.edu.

2016 Farmworkers Clinic

MedPACt students and members of our faculty collaborated with an Interprofessional Education Team that cared for 200 farmworkers from the Apopka area.

Click here for the complete story published on our UCF COMmunique Newsletter.


MedPACt's 5th Annual Global Health Conference

The theme of “Neglected Tropical Diseases” at the College of Medicine’s Fifth Annual Global Health conference was fueled by a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic over the summer. “We saw many diseases that are caused by mosquitoes and other vectors causing a lot of burden on the underdeveloped countries of the world,” said second-year medical student and conference co-director John Stelzer.

Click here to read the complete story published on our UCF COMmunique Newsletter.


Dominican Republic Medical Service Trip - 2017

The UCF MedPACt student organization organizes every summer an interdisciplinary trip to the Dominican Republic. The week-long experience serves six rural communities in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. Our students work alongside students from the UCF College of Nursing, UF College of Pharmacy, Engineers without Borders-USA and medical students from the local medical school (Universidad Católica Nordestana).

Click here for more details on other Dominican Republic trips

Donate now for our 2017 Dominican Republic Trip

Please choose "The Global Health Fund" from the Designation drop-down menu to ensure your donation goes towards our trip!

or donate to our MedPACt fund via PayPal

Please check out the video for our 2015 interdisciplinary trip generously provided to us by UCF College of Medicine!

Our medical service trip would not be possible without the tremendous support from the International Medical Samaritans Program Scholarship sponsored by the Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation.

The Diebel Legacy Fund grew out of a tragic community event. On June 8, 2002, Dr. Donald Diebel Jr. lost his life while giving medical assistance to a newly married couple who had overturned their vehicle on the Florida Turnpike median. As he and firefighter Shane Kelly, and several other Good Samaritans, worked at the rain-slicked scene of the accident to help free the young couple, a tractor trailer lost control and struck the site, instantly killing both men and injuring several others who were also offering assistance.

Active in Medical Missionary work throughout his college career, it was only after Don was lost that we realized the real depth of his commitment to serving less fortunate members of the community. And it is from this seed of selfless commitment planted by Dr. Donald Diebel Jr. during his lifetime that this Orlando non-profit continues to grow today.

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The International Medical Samaritans Program Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that supports students demonstrating a dedication to volunteerism and academic excellence. As we strive to cultivate a student culture of social and global responsibility through medicine, this scholarship is essential giving the opportunity for medical students to serve internationally who would otherwise be financially unable. For this reason, UCF COM MedPACt is honored and thankful for the Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation's generous and continued support, and we greatly appreciate their dedication to service within and across our borders!

Each year, we help anywhere between 800-1000 patients. We have documented the most commonly seen illnesses and next year we would like to be prepared with the medical materials needed to treat those particular cases. Necessary supplies include:

  • Urinalysis dipsticks and glucometer test strips
  • HbA1c Monitors
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Topical anti-fungal and steroid creams
  • Vitamins (pre-natal and children’s)
  • Prescription medications, which are purchased in the Dominican Republic so we can be sure our patients are given medications that will be available after we leave.

These supplies will cost upwards of $1000 and in order to meet our goal we need community support! Please consider making a donation to provide funding for medications or medical supplies. Checks can be made payable to MedPACt at UCF COM and mailed to Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan (6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827-7408). Availability of the most basic items is limited where we will be providing medical care, so any contributions you can make would be most appreciated.

This medical outreach trip promises to be an invaluable educational opportunity for our students. We appreciate your time and consideration.  Interested in learning more?  Click here for information on previous trips.

Thank you for your support! If you would like to know more about our organization or have questions regarding donations, please contact Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan at judith.simms-cendan@ucf.edu (407-266-1171).



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