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CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Medical Brigades at UTRGV

Members of the Medical Brigade are (front row, from left) President Nitchelle Rodriguez, Graciela Alvarez, Secretary Maria Vaca, Melanie Vance and Marketing Officer Angelica Leal. Middle row: Daniela Vidal, Shaira Perez, Graciela Carrillo,Vice President Vanesa Cavazos, Carina Calvillo, Alessa Ramirez, Roxanne Guzman and Amanda Salas. Back row: Dr. Maria Castañeda, Adrian Maldonado, Jasmin Luke, Guillermo Acosta, Matthew Mercado, Carlos Huerta, Alberto Arroyo, Edgar Capistran, Hector Filizola, Sachin George, Lakshman Vigneswaran, Shiann Montalvo, Viviana Quintero and Dr. Hugo Rodriguez. Courtesy Photos

Name:  Medical Brigades at UTRGV Brownsville 

Purpose: Medical Brigades is a global organization that seeks to provide free medical care to underrepresented communities located in Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras. Members shadow medical professionals, get clinical experience and learn from community members. 

President: Nitchelle Rodriguez 

Vice President: Vanesa Cavazos

Secretary: Maria Vaca

Treasurer: Carina Calvillo 

Marketing Officer: Angelica Leal

Advisers: Dr. Maria Castañeda, lecturer, and Dr. Hugo Rodriguez, assistant professor

Biomedical sciences senior Hector Filizola consults an elderly woman from the community of “El Zapote” in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, during the first Medical Brigades trip.

Activities: Fundraising, training workshops, educational workshops for communities, “Charlas” in Brownsville. 

Meetings: Biweekly meetings; dates and hours TBA

Membership requirements: Biomedical sciences student, 3.0 GPA or higher.

For more information, email: nitchelle.rodriguez01@utrgv.edu,



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