Global Medical Training at UT is a student-led organization that seeks to empower students with the knowledge and awareness of the humanitarian need that exists in the world today by expanding students' understanding of medicine and life outside the United States. We hope to serve as a forum for students who are interested in international medicine, public health, and humanitarian needs. One of our objectives is to also create awareness about the lack of access to healthcare, not only in third world countries but also in the local Austin community. Guest speakers are mostly professionals who have dedicated their time to providing free or affordable health care services to the underserved and uninsured. If you are interested in exploring the humanistic side of medicine, this is your chance to become part of an organization that will help you reach your goals. We are Longhorns without borders.
Members have the opportunity to obtain first hand medical experience while providing free basic medical services to impoverished communities in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Unlike any other organization on campus, GMT gives undergraduates the chance to participate in hands-on diagnoses and treatments with the supervision of medical professionals.
We aim to make the experience as easy as possible for new trippers. The organization helps students become acquainted with fellow GMTers, conducts training workshops, obtains medical donations, and offers financial aid in the form of scholarships and fundraisers.
North American Physician, Dr. Wil Johnson, MD created this organization. Dr. Wil transitioned from 28 years of a rural private practice in the USA after deciding to lifetime volunteer his time and medical / teaching skills for the benefit of others. He had deep humanitarian ideals that needed fertile soil to flourish. He also desired to help the impoverished of Central America and provide a heart and mind changing experience for trip participants from other cultures.
Students will be exposed to a medical environment where they will be allowed to observe AND actively participate in the medical assessments / treatments of patients who have scarce economic resources, poor access to healthcare, and have to live within various primitive types of Public Healthcare systems. This will include GMT clinics, visits to hospitals, other health facilities, and patient’s homes with the help of local doctors, dentists, and translators.