Physician Assistant Mission Trip Inspires Art Series

Grace Sosa

Mission trips often inspire people to be more grateful, generous, and kind. For one participant in Hardin-Simmons University’s Physician Assistant program’s recent medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic, the experience inspired much more.
After returning from the trip in May, artist Michael Wurman created seven drawings depicting the trip to the Dominican Republic, plus two pieces depicting Abilene landscapes. Wurman donated the pieces to decorate HSU’s newly renovated Physician Assistant space in Mabee Hall, where his daughter is currently enrolled.
“We’ve always been very close, and when she invited me to go along on the mission trip,” he said, “I figured it’d be a great chance to not only reconnect with her, but I’d also get to see her in action, doing what she loves.”
As the PA students held clinics in sugar mill settlements, Wurman joined in, distributing personal hygiene products including lotion, shampoo, and deodorant. Although Wurman could not speak Dominican Spanish nor Haitian Creole, his actions spoke volumes.
“When I handed them simple items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, the communication barrier was broken,” he said. “Their eyes would light up, and often a smile would form…Those items are so commonplace to us that we don’t even think about it, yet for them to receive such a luxury, meant the world.”
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