King’s student to participate in study abroad trip in Ecuador

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MONTGOMERY — Benjamin Gleason of Montgomery, will participate in a two-week faculty-led study abroad trip to Ecuador in June. He is a junior majoring in physician assistant studies at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a Catholic college sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

During the medical service immersion program, Gleason and a group of King’s physician assistant studies majors and faculty members will be stationed in Anconcito, a small fishing village in the province of Santa Elena. The group will provide healthcare at a medical clinic, assist on home health visits to patients, and participate in other activities, such as health fairs and dental hygiene education for children at a local school.

King’s Office of Study Abroad and the Foundation of International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC) coordinated the volunteer effort. Jean Denion, MHA, PA-C, clinical professor, and Lorraine Novinger, MS, PA-C, associate clinical professor, are faculty program co-directors.

FIMRC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs. Through its network of outpatient clinics and partnerships, FIMRC asserts a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts and health education programs in nine countries.

Gleason is a member of the King’s College chapter of FIMRC. He is the son of Traci and Jeffrey Gleason.