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Medical students help build homes in Yakima

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Yakima, WASH.--First-year medical students from Pacific Northwest University were busy building houses Friday.

Part of their orientation includes volunteering for Habitat For Humanity. This is their second year helping out the program.

Students said they want to improve their community in every way possible, and not just through providing health care.

"It's important to us that status isn't involved in the way that we serve the community because there is definitely some differences being a doctor." said Kristi Trickett, a medical student at Pacific Northwest University. "But that was one of the things that when we talked as a class  was important to us--that we're here to serve."

This is Habitat For Humanity's first project for this fiscal year.

Medical students said it was important for them to volunteer in the Yakima Valley because of the large underserved population.