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Current Programs

MS-1 Summer Opportunities: Are you a 1st year medical student interested in an international medical experience during the summer between first and second year?  Check out the following list.  Also, see the Forums page for student commentary on some of these electives.  If you have had experience doing an elective that is not listed, please contact us.

 

    

NORTH AMERICA 

 

Mexico Indiana University School of Medicine

Details: Indiana University has developed a partnership program with the brand new Hospital de Ninos DIF in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico.  This pediatric hospital cares for patients with such issues as tuberculosis, ameobiasis, and many advanced chronic conditions.  This experience will be an interesting mix of state-of-the-art facilities with presentations of conditions that most US-trained students and residents never see.  Pachuca is a medium-sized city in a very tranquil and safe area of Mexico located about 1 1/2 hours from the Mexico City Airport.  Transportation is easy, expenses are minimal, and the experience is priceless as you will be immersed in the Spanish language and Mexican culture as well as see how systems of care function in another country.  Spanish language classes can be arranged during your time in Pachuca.  First and second year medical students may arrange special projects involving a small rural village and microfinancing.                          

Dates: Any time during the year

Duration: 1-2 months

Contacts: Sarah Stelzner, MD sstelzne@iupui.edu and Diane Lorant, MD dlorant@iupui.edu

 

 

 

CENTRAL AMERICA 

 

El Salvador Indiana University School of Medicine

Details: Language and cultural immersion program with onsite exposure to primary and community health care in Suchitoto, El Salvador. This experience provides one-on-one instruction in the Spanish Language, grammar and structure with strong emphasis on conversation. Students learn about health care delivery in a developing country through observing/volunteering at the public hospital, interacting with health care professionals, and volunteering at local public and private health clinics.

 

Program components include:

In-depth orientation sessions prior to departure;

Observation of primary and community care programs;

Individual Spanish language instruction, 20 hours per week; 

Family home-stay;

Variety of service-learning opportunities;

Special cultural activities

 

Due to the individualized nature of the instruction, students at any level of Spanish language knowledge are able to participate in this program.

Dates: Beginning June 17, 2013 with flexible return dates in July

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks.

Cost: Approximately $2,600  for 4 weeks.  Not included: passport, immunizations, and additional personal travel expenses.

Application Deadline: accepted on a rolling basis until February 11. 2013. 

Selection Notification: March 1, 2012

Click HERE for more information

Click HERE  a direct link to the application at iAbroad.

 

Contact: Jennifer Custer, Program Manager (317) 274-6539 or jcuster@iupui.edu

Updated 01/07/2013

 

 

Guatemala Mayan Medical Aid

Details: Mayan Medical Aid provides a medical Spanish program which incorporates cultural immersion, didactic teaching, Spanish language instruction, and clinical field opportunity in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala—a village of approximately 10,000 indigenous inhabitants of the North shore of  Lake Atitlan.  Daily schedule allows time for didactic teaching, clinical practice, and medical and dental health promotion in an outside of the clinic.  No language requirement, but some Spanish background would make the experience more valuable.

Duration: 4 weeks.

Cost: $2,400 for 4 weeks (60/40 scholarships available), $475 for each subsequent week.  Costs do not include meals, lodging, or transportation.  Local housing (La Casa Rosa) available at $10/night.  All proceeds go to Clinical operations.

More Information: click HERE

Website: www.mayanmedicalaid.org

Updated 01/07/2013

 

Guatemala-  Spanish-Medical.com

 

This program offers customized Spanish/cultural immersion programs with a medical focus.  Countries available include Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Guatemala.  Participants take group Spanish classes, private medical-focused Spanish classes, and medical shadowing at a local health center.  Family homestays or apartment-style accommodations are also offered. 
 
Duration: 1-15 weeks
Cost: ~$450/week, Website: http://www.spanish-medical.com
Updated 10/30/2014

  

Nicaragua University of Nebraska Medical Center

Details: Phase I Course Description: This four-week course is an immersion Spanish language study with onsite exposure to primary and community health care in an underdeveloped country.
The course will provide one-on-one instruction in the Spanish language, using the facilities of a Spanish language school in León, Nicaragua. Participants will study Spanish language grammar and structure and practice conversing. Due to the individualized nature of the instruction, students at any level of Spanish language knowledge will be able to participate. Students will learn about the delivery of health care in Nicaragua through field trips, visiting Nicaraguan health care facilities, and interaction with Nicaraguan health care professionals. The last week of the course offers hands-on experience at local health facilities in the León region.

 

Program components include:
▪ Seminar introduction to health care provision in Nicaragua
▪ Observation of primary and community health care programs
▪ Individual Spanish instruction
▪ Special cultural activities
▪ Nicaraguan family homestay


Phase II Course Description: This course provides one week of Spanish language review (private instruction) in León at a Spanish bilingual school, followed by three weeks of clinical experience at medical facilities in the León region. Lectures and field trips will supplement the clinical experience.


Eligibility: All medical students.

Dates: Phase I: February 2—March 2, 2013; March 3–31, 2013; April 7—May 5, 2013;
May 26—June 23, 2013; June 30—July 28, 2013


Phase II: February 2—March 2, 2013; March 3–31, 2013; April 7—May 5, 2013;
May 26—June 23, 2013; June 30—July 28, 2013

 

Duration: 4 weeks.
Housing: Homestay with a Nicaraguan family.
Costs: $2500 covers Spanish language instruction, program lectures, homestay with a Nicaraguan family, most meals, airport pickup, housing in Leon and during the field trips, ground transportation for scheduled program activities, and most miscellaneous programs fees. Not included: air fare, meals during the weekends and field trips, personal expenses, and some miscellaneous costs.
Contact: Sara Pirtle, Coordinator (402) 559-2924 or sepirtle@unmc.edu

More Information and Application: www.unmc.edu/isp

Updated 1/7/2013

 

Dominican Republic Health Horizons International

Health Horizons International (HHI) is recruiting graduate and pre-professional students for two new opportunities in the Dominican Republic.
1) Summer Research Internship:

Internships are available to graduate students and professionals in medicine, public health, international development, and related fields. We look for independent and self-motivated individuals ready to serve in a challenging, low-resource setting and engage in partnership with community members. Prior to the internship term, HHI will work with its interns to design a unique research, education, or development project that meets an identified organizational or community need. Visit http://hhidr.org/get-involved/research-internships/ for more information and the latest updates.

 

2) Patient Care Management Volunteer: Volunteers will work directly with patients to connect them to health care resources, support them in understanding and caring for their health, and provide individual advocacy.  This is a minimum two-week commitment. Visit http://hhidr.org/get-involved/volunteer-and-job-opportunities/ for more information and the latest updates.

About Horizons International:
HHI works to improve community health and expand access to quality health care in impoverished communities of the Dominican Republic.  We support a community-based model of health promotion, focusing on building local capacity and developing partnerships to address communities' most pressing health concerns.  Our programs include a unique community health workers program, a series of primary health care field clinics with connection to local specialists, and a public health research and project development program.  Please visit our website to learn more: www.hhidr.org

Website: www.hhidr.org

Updated 1/7/2013

 

 

El Salvador Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Details: This program is currently on hold due to changing securty concerns. Please visit http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/International/index.htm for any updates.

Updated 1/7/2013

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

 

Argentina, Chile, Peru -  Spanish-Medical.com

  

This program offers customized Spanish/cultural immersion programs with a medical focus.  Countries available include Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Guatemala.  Participants take group Spanish classes, private medical-focused Spanish classes, and medical shadowing at a local health center.  Family homestays or apartment-style accommodations are also offered. 
 
Duration: 1-15 weeks
Cost: ~$450/week, Website: http://www.spanish-medical.com
Updated 10/30/2014
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