med tripsWith a mission to create the next generation of physicians that are socially conscious, community based and expertly trained, the FIU College of Medicine (COM) has put medical students in teams with students of other disciplines to address the complex medical, social and ethical issues experienced by medically under-served South Florida families. COM also recognizes that there is a connection between your personal health and the planet’s health; foreign tropical diseases and other health risks will spread as the climate changes. With an aging health-conscience baby-boom generation, retirement of as many as one-third of current physicians, changes to health care policy that will bring millions of new patients into our health care system, and new climate change related health risks, the COM knows that now is the time to be training new culturally sensitive and dedicated physicians dedicated to improving the quality and access to health care.