Hello my name is Cristina Hernandez, I am an Emergency Medicine Attending at Stony Brook University Hospital and part of the International Medicine Division. My partner and source of sanity, Seth Burack, is currently a third-year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical school.
Seth and I met in 2014 while both working in the Emergency Department at Stony Brook Hospital. In December of 2015, Seth and I embarked on our first international mission trip together. We spent several weeks working in a clinic in Cusco, Pero. After this experience, we starting a number of international projects together in the hopes of improving the health care disparities in Latin America.
We are both extremely dedicated to education so we created the Medical Spanish Immersion Program. The program was created with the goal of giving American medical students and residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language in a clinical setting in San Jose, Costa Rica.
As of August 2018, we have sent 24 students to Costa Rica and during this time, we noted need in the facilities that are helping us prepare our physicians to care for Hispanic populations in the US. We decided to create MSOP Incorporated, a non-profit organization and to commit ourselves to collecting supplies, educational resources and monetary donations to address disparities related to healthcare, education and overall opportunity. The Posiblidad Project grew from all of these goals. Through the Posibilidad Project, we hope to extend possibility not only to Costa Rica but to other countries in need.