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Michelle Ramirez, Nursing Student

I want to make a difference, a sustainable impact in underprivileged communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

As a doctoral student in FIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, I have volunteered on humanitarian missions to Central America with organizations such as Service for Peace and Alternative Breaks.

I have helped establish health care clinics for families in the rural mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras.

Recently, I lead 20 students from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine’s Occupational Therapy program on a 10-day volunteer mission, providing rehabilitative care for the disabled and orphaned children of ANINI House, just outside Guatemala.

In 2010, I was one of only seven recipients selected from hundreds of physical therapy students nationwide to receive the American Physical Therapy Association’s Minority scholarship, an honor that I hope will help me further my goals.

My hope is to establish a global health initiative through Service for Peace and lead physical therapy missions for students who share my passion for enhancing rehabilitation services throughout the world.

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