Department of Anthropology

Lecture by Dr. David Citrin, Anthropology, University of Washington

Date of event: Tue Oct 11 2016, noon

Date posted: Thu Oct 06 2016, 10:10 a.m.

Dr David Citrin Anthropology, University of Washington “Confessions of a Medical Voluntourist: Ethical Global Engagement and the Unintended Consequences of Ephemeral Care”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:00 Noon-1:00 PM VDEN 110

Citrin is a medical anthropologist trained in global public health who has worked in Nepal since 2001. He will share why the potential long-term impacts of short-term medical care require further consideration in an era of renewed global health efforts. His personal experiences as a medical volunteer working with NGOs to coordinate health camps led him to critically examine the possibilities and limits for our desires to “do good” abroad.

Short-term medical volunteer trips are an emergent form of global interaction where students, tourists and medical practitioners participate in training and educational opportunities or direct service delivery in less developed countries. The intention to “do good” is real. Do the results bear out the intention?