The 2015 MMAP Management Committee undertook fundraisers and grant applications for the Lady Willingdon Hospital throughout the year and then went on their MD1 observership in Manali from November 23 to December 18, 2015. Alix, David, Jessica, and Lauren are grateful to all their supporters in Brisbane as well as their teachers and friends in Manali!
Alix Murphy is a 26-year-old from Kingston, Ontario, Canada who is ecstatic to be one of this year’s MMAP managers! She has a bit of a different background than most medical students, with degrees in chemical and biomedical engineering, and has a love for food and travel. While she has never been to India, Alix is excited to explore this part of the world and develop an appreciation for the diversity of the practice of medicine in a completely different environment, and specifically see firsthand the impact the Lady Willingdon Hospital has on its patients and local community.
David McEniery, 25, was born and raised in Brisbane, and in 2015 has been a student at the University of Queensland for an excessively long time. He has visited India once before, and so joined MMAP to combine a desire to visit the subcontinent once more with his interest in global health and medicine in developing countries
Jessica Monteiro, a 22-year-old Canadian studying at UQ, has a passion for travelling. She is no stranger when it comes to India. She has travelled there frequently as she has family that reside in India. However, this is her first time in Manali. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2015 MMAP as she has seen the poverty in India and is passionate about giving back to this community. She is looking forward to the opportunity to learn medicine in the developing countries, as well as gain a sense of culture and community.
Lauren Gray is 24 from country Victoria. She quickly moved on from physiotherapy and the cold of Melbourne to medicine in Brisbane, and is very excited to soon be eating curry every day and embracing all things Indian.