This is an incredible opportunity for pre-medical students to shadow a world-renown Middlebury alum.
For 30 years, Dr. Rick Hodes ’75, has worked out of the basement of a crowded public hospital, treating patients with spinal deformities and heart disease, as well as a variety of other rare medical issues. The majority of these patients are impoverished children.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Hodes has forged strong partnerships to bring care to those in need. In 2006, he launched a spine program with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei of Ghana and his FOCOS organization. The program has grown from 20 patients to over 400 new cases every year, and performs over 100 surgeries annually in Ethiopia, Ghana, and the United States. As the senior consultant at a Catholica medical mission, Dr. Hodes has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, and Albania. He also works with the cardiac center at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Cochin, India to serve cardiac patients.
Dr. Hodes is a CNN Hero, holds 5 honorary doctorates, and was awarded Mastership by the American College of Physicians. To learn more about his inspiring work, you can watch one of the four documentary films about him, such as HBO’s “Making the Crooked Straight” or “Zemene,” or read Marilyn Berger’s book, “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”
Students can learn more at https://rickhodes.org/ and https://www.ethiopianfamilyfund.org/medical-needs-dr-rick-hodes/.
Check out the trailer from the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight“:
Dr. Hodes has hosted over a dozen Middlebury students over the past years, and the majority are now doctors! He is interested in welcoming a students for a month during Winter-Term.
Interested? Contact Pam Berenbaum and she will get you in contact with Dr. Hodes.