Club Spotlight: MedLife

Alyssa Luukkonen
aluukkonen@css.edu

The College of St. Scholastica is well known for its nursing program and other health-science related majors, so it would make sense that its clubs and organizations would reflect those interests as well. MedLife is one such example. You may have heard of it, but what exactly is MedLife?

“MedLife is a local chapter of a larger organization that brings health care education to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it, like third world nations,” said Kylo Courteau, a junior nursing student.

Courteau is one of about five members on the executive leadership board for St. Scholastica’s chapter of MedLife.

“MedLife is based out of Peru, with clinics all over South America and Central America. They’re trying to branch out. They also have a presence in Africa and India,” he said.

For the last two years, the MedLife chapter at CSS has gone to Cusco, Peru for a week-long trip. Participants stayed in the city and then went into rural areas to set up clinics with other chapters from MedLife. This year, the club will be going to Riobamba, Ecuador over spring break, from March 10 to the 17. About twenty people will be going. In addition to the trip, MedLife also hosted an event for 56 nights.

The club is a young one, only in its third year. However, according to Courteau, the club is becoming “more organized and official each year.”

Although many students in MedLife are health science students, it is open to everyone, and anyone can go. While there are no regularly scheduled dates and times for meetings, the club does meet once a month, with board members meetings one to two times a month.