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IIP-Child Family Health International (Bolivia)
La Paz, Bolivia; Tarija, Bolivia (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work|
|Degree Level:||1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
About: Child Family Health International is non-profit leader in global health education, facilitating international experiences that meet rigorous ethical, safety, and academic standards. Through CFHI programs you see global health through the eyes of local communities. CFHI’s socially responsible approach and reciprocal, long-term partnerships with communities, ongoing support of local healthcare infrastructure, US and local staff structures, as well as time-tested policies and procedures, protects the well-being of both students and host communities.CFHI provides service learning in international health for medical and pre-medical students.
Intern Responsibilities: IIP interns work alongside local physicians and explore primary care, rural health, and traditional medicine. Placements are focused on pediatric health. Rotation schedules will be sent to the selected IIP interns prior to arrival. IIP interns will be assigned projects with direct supervision at all times during clinical rotations. While volunteering at local NGO’s, interns may be asked to initiate their own projects but generally the NGO will provide participants with a list of projects based on a strength-based approach.
For the first 4 weeks, IIP interns will take part in rotations at pediatric clinics and hospitals in and around La Paz, Bolivia’s main city and cultural capital. The main rotation site will be at largest children’s hospital in the country, recognized as a major research hospital conducting work to influence national health policy. IIP interns will shadow local physicians, residents, and medical students in general consult as well as various wards including oncology, infectious disease, and nephrology. IIP interns will gain experience in working with largely indigenous populations in resource poor settings and learn about the socioeconomic and cultural barriers they face in accessing services for their children. New for 2018 is the addition of a center for children with disabilities or limited abilities. This center welcomes students to support physicians and staff members in their care of these children.
For the last 4 weeks interns will be based in the small city of Tarija, located in southern Bolivia near the border with Argentina. This tranquil city is renowned for its wine growing region, temperate climate and friendly people. IIP interns will focus on primary care, public health outreach and rural health in the prevention efforts in surrounding communities. Rotations include public primary health clinics in urban and rural areas. IIP interns will also learn about Chagas disease, an endemic vector-borne illness that is a major public threat in Latin America. At a local clinic dedicated only to that disease, participants will look at the clinical manifestations and epidemiology of the disease as well as the public health efforts to detect and prevent it.
All students’ clinical rotation schedules will be the responsibility of the Medical Director designated for each site (in-country). Clinical experiences will be observational with no expectation that the students will examine, diagnose or treat patients without a medical preceptor supervising. Clinical experiences will vary depending on the medical facility (hospital, clinic, emergency service, NGO, etc.) and location (rural or urban).
General responsibilities of the participant will be as follows:
- Community oriented primary care
- Patient histories and physical exams of families in Spanish
- Hospital rounds
IIP interns will attend weekly meetings with the on-site Medical Director for reflection, monitoring and evaluation of their clinical rotation. IIP interns may also be assigned specific readers including relevant case studies and will have the opportunity to attend on-site lectures on the healthcare system of host country with a special emphasis on the local program site, introduction of social determinants of health and geopolitical/historical influences to health systems and burden of disease, on cultural influences to health and healthcare, endemic/epidemic diseases, geopolitical history, major disease burden, social determinants of health and other topics relevant to program themes and focus..
IIP candidates with interests in medicine, and public and global health are encouraged to apply. A good knowledge of Spanish, and have some previous experience volunteering and/or working to strengthen their community and/or clinical shadowing is recommended. Candidates wishing to learn about health care systems in other countries, especially among underserved communities, will find the clinical rotation programs of particular interest. If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement.
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