Megan Lesperance ’14
B.S. in Biology
2014 Siena College Student of the Year
Matriculated to SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Megan Lesperance ’14 is exactly the type of student who will benefit from the Global Medical Volunteers Program. As a biology major and traditional pre-med student, she wanted a long-term service experience in a foreign country, but since she was not in the Siena-Albany Medical Center Program, she would not have that opportunity.
She emailed various people across campus, including Ed LaRow ’59, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the Siena-AMC Program. LaRow met with Lesperance and offered her the opportunity to spend three weeks in Haiti during the summer. She taught English to students at a school in Fontaine and visited a clinic in Pignon.
It was an eye-opening experience for the Schenectady native, who traveled with two Siena alumni.
One day, Lesperance saw that a student had a bad burn on his leg from falling off his motorcycle. She used what little medical supplies she had to treat the wound and bandage it to avoid infection. By the end of the trip, the kids were calling her Dr. Megan rather than Teacher Megan.
“This is exactly what we want and need,” Lesperance said of her experience.
Lesperance will attend SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in the fall.