Sunscreen, check. Camera and sunglasses, check. Scalpels, gloves, and reference books, check. The last items may seem peculiar for a spring break vacation, but for a small group of students from the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM), and the School of Nursing, two schools within Samuel Merritt University (SMU) based in Oakland, California, packing diagnostic and medical instruments will help provide foot care to uninsured residents of San Ysidro, a community in San Diego County.
San Ysidro is home to the world's busiest border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana. "We wanted to focus on migrant population coming from border towns, because research shows those are places where healthcare is an issue," says Tim Dutra, DPM, CSPM assistant professor.