When getting to your next medical school class means an 8,000-mile trip

This Friday, three Medical University of South Carolina students begin a journey that will end more than 8,000 miles from Charleston in the East African country of Tanzania. They’re headed to Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean. They’ll also spend time in a rural clinic that has a research site run by MUSC and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences focused on large-scale community-based prevention and care programs.

Alexandra Serpe, James “Mac” Segars and Cole Buchanan are all fourth-year medical students with an interest in seeing the world and learning from doctors in other countries, but their personal stories are quite different. One is a gymnast, another a former Peace Corps volunteer and the third, a young man who realized early on that he didn’t want to stay in a comfortable little bubble for the rest of his life. Click here to read more about their stories and how you can follow them throughout their journey in Tanzania.