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IIP-Child Family Health International (Bolivia)
La Paz, Bolivia; Tarija, Bolivia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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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
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Program Description:
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Child Family Health International (CFHI)

La Paz, Bolivia
Tarija, Bolivia

Child Family Health International is non-profit leader in global health education, facilitating international experiences that meet rigorous ethical, safety, and academic standards. 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.

Intern Responsibilities:

For the first 4 weeks, students 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 the largest children’s hospital in the country, recognized as a major research hospital conducting work to influence national health policy. Participants will shadow local physicians, residents, and medical students in general consults as well as various wards including oncology, infectious disease, and nephrology. Participants 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. Participants will focus on primary care, public health outreach and rural health prevention efforts in surrounding communities. Rotations include public primary health clinics in urban and rural areas. 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
  • Clinical rotations will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 am to noon or 1 pm. In addition to clinical rotations in La Paz and Tarija, participants can choose to volunteer, after clinical rotations, at local non-governmental organizations that cater to the needs of underprivileged children and families.

Participants will attend weekly meetings with the on-site Medical Director for reflection, monitoring and evaluation of their clinical rotation. The academic portion of the program includes pre-departure region/topic specific readers available to participants as well as on-site lectures:
  • Week 1: Lecture 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. 
  • Week 2/3/4: Lectures and associated study materials touching 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.
  • Relevant case studies for discussion and research on a weekly basis.

Intern Qualifications:
Academic Background/Interests:
  • Pre-medical/Pre-health undergraduate students with an interest in global health
  • Students with some previous experience volunteering and/or working to strengthen their community and/or clinical shadowing
  • Students with an interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people from other parts of the world
  • Students who are independent and resourceful
  • Students who are open-minded and have a passion for learning and service
(This internship is offered in collaboration with Child Family Health International)


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