SC State University Students Gain International Experience

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nearly 500 students waited patiently on the campus of SC State University to learn more about Dr. Lane Rolling’s experiences in tropical medicine. While at SC State University, Rolling interviewed 20 students. Each student received a case study and is accepted into the international internship program, a ten day program experience in the tropical jungle of Peru.  SC State University students are currently on their third case study. Students were excited to gain international experience in a third world country. There, they will learn more about tropical medicine and can compare their health care practices to American health care practices.

Rolling, while visiting SC State University, spoke on Tropical Diseases and Their Impact on Societies: The Haiti Experience”. “The earthquake in Haiti introduces the rest of the world to what Haitians experience every day. This experience shows how people are not prepared to handle diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, tuberculosis, and other diseases,” said Dr. Rolling.  “In Haiti, people are not going to die from being crushed; it will be people that will die from lingering diseases,” he continued. 

Rolling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and chemistry with a minor in military sciences from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He also obtained a master’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine in Reno, Las Vegas.  He later received a doctoral degree from the University of Health Sciences Antigua in St. Johns , Antigua and a doctoral degree in podiatric medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in San Francisco, Calif.

In 2004, Dr. Rolling began Tropical Pathology and Infectious Disease Association TM.
Before forming TPaIDATM, Inc., Rolling was a research professor, consultant, and private practice and team physician. His teaching experience encompasses all levels of higher education which includes two year college to medical school. He has taught surgery, medicine and infectious disease in the United States, Europe and South America. He has over 15 years experience in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery.

Rolling lectures as a distinguished faculty lecturer at universities across the globe about tropical pathology and global infectious disease, as well as about his experiences in clinical medicine in Peru, Honduras and Dominican Republic. He has conducted research in tropical disease and infectious diseases for years and worked extensively with native Peruvian Shamans to find new drugs.

During his visit, Rolling held interviews with deserving students for an internship with him in Peru. “This internship will get students out of their comfort zones. They will see people that are dying from diseases and it will open doors to a different world that will make them better as people and as doctors,” said Rolling. “If I educate students to the world now, they will have some levels of understanding of Tropical Medicine.”

Stanley Williams was granted the opportunity for an internship in Peru. Williams was thrilled. “By having this internship opportunity, I am going to learn more about compassion and about myself. I will be able to teach that and bring it back to others here in the U.S,” said Williams, a sophomore biology major.

Rolling concluded by encouraging students. “Never let anyone tell you what you cannot do,” said Rolling.
Rolling plans to return to SC State University in September for additional lectures.“ Our goal is to increase student international experience by introducing them to a world outside of America,” said Dr. Judith Salley, department chair of Biology and Physical Sciences.