Andrew Dykens has committed his life to improving health care in communities across the world. He is an assistant professor of family medicine and the director of the Global Community Health Program at the University of Illinois-Chicago Center for Global Health. But his career began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania.
“The amount that I learned during my Peace Corps experience has had more impact than any of my other experiences,” said Dykens, who served as a health and water sanitation volunteer from 1997-99.
His freshman calculus professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., talked about her experiences as a volunteer, and the idea of joining the Peace Corps stayed with Dykens as a pre-medical student until he graduated in 1997. He thought it would be a good opportunity to speak a new language and see other parts of the world. Continue reading