Wake Forest School of Medicine Student and Spouse Return from Kenya Mission Trip in Time for Valentine's Day
Evan and Emily Moon are proud of their love story. After meeting at a
Colorado hospital where they both worked as nurses, they soon became best
friends. That friendship led to marriage and eventually to Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Evan graduated from the school’s Nurse Anesthesia
Program in 2016, and Emily will graduate from the program in
Continuing a School of Medicine tradition of service to others, the
couple has just returned from a mission trip to Kenya where they cared for
people who do not have regular access to quality health care.
By providing anesthesia, they allowed Kenyans to receive much-needed
surgery and medical procedures that would otherwise not be possible.
Emily says the experience will help her in her future career as a
certified registered nurse anesthetist by allowing her to experience a diverse
and global culture and population, while also giving her experience with
medications and medical conditions that are uncommon in the United States.
“One of the reasons I chose to come to Wake Forest School of Medicine was
their involvement with global health,” Emily said. “I knew they were so
proactive in sending their students all over the world on mission trips, and I’m
so glad that Evan and I were able to be a part of that.”
Evan says the experience has given him a fresh perspective as he provides
anesthesia to patients from diverse backgrounds here in the Triad.
“I have a passion for helping out other human beings around the world,”
Evan said. “The opportunity to experience the difference in how anesthesia is
delivered in a third-world country, while serving others in need, with my wife
by my side, is a win-win all around.”
The nurse anesthesia program, which began in 1942, has a rich history of
outreach and service – both locally, and globally.
students all complete some form of service learning,” said Michael Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., director of the Wake
Forest School of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program. “Evan and Emily embody our
vision of producing graduates who understand their greater role in the world,
beyond just providing anesthesia in hospitals.”2/14/2017http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2017/Wake_Forest_School_of_Medicine_Student_and_Spouse_Return_from_Kenya_Mission_Trip_in_Time_for_Valentine_s_Day.htm
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