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IIP-Levolosi Health Centre
Arusha, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Dept Offering Program: International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Program Features: Academic Study, Field Work, Lab Based 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
Duration of Program: 8 or more weeks Program Adviser: Shahreen Rahman
Program Description:
Program Description:
Levolosi Health Centre

Organization Overview
The Levolosi Health Centre is a primary healthcare facility that provides a large range of services, with a particular emphasis on maternal and reproductive health care. Levolosi Health Centre also has an Eye and Dental unit for students interested in Ophthalmology and Dentistry. IIP interns will also have the opportunity to visit the Ngarenaro Health Center.

Intern Responsibilities:

The pre-medical IIP internships will allow students to gain extensive shadowing experience on various clinical operations such as history taking, diagnosis of diseases, ordering of treatment and the determination of patients treatment plan as well as the following:
  • Learn to be innovative and resourceful through observation of diagnosing and treating conditions without the benefits of advanced laboratory services or medical equipment.
  • Participate in shared learning through interaction with other students on a healthcare program from various universities in the world.
  • Experience professional mentorship from healthcare professionals at the hospital who will serve as their go-to person while on placement and explain in detail the various observations interns will make.
  • Participate in consultant ward rounds which help interns understand the formulation of treatment plans and review of patients progress.
  • Participate in Global Health Tutorials, which are discussion sessions with healthcare professionals about global perspectives in healthcare delivery.

1. Obstetrics and Gynecology Intern
Shadowing in this specialty and department is enriching and enables one to learn through observation in select activities such as: 
  • Taking history, carry out complete physical examination.
  • Learn how to obtain informed consent for various procedures.
  • Shadow recognize and understand the management of: 
    • Normal pregnancy, delivery and the postpartum period
    • Abnormal pregnancy: pre- intra and post-partum
    • Common emergencies in obstetrics such as: Ruptured uterus, Severe pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia, Postpartum hemorrhage as well as Antepartum hemorrhage
    • Shadow Common obstetrics and gynecological conditions including: Infertility, Fibroids/ovarian cysts, Abnormal uterine bleeding, Menstrual disorders and Sexual dysfunction, Understand the Principles of Contraception, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission 
    • Observe operations such as: Cesarean section module, Repair of ruptured uterus, Subtotal hysterectomy for ruptured uterus, Laparotomy for ectopic pregnancy, pelvic abscess. 

This Project is available in the following locations. Levolosi Health Centre, and Ngarenaro Health center.

2. Surgical Observation Intern
The surgical rotation is particularly very enriching to the students and it will introduce them to the wide spectrum of surgical diseases. By following patients from their initial presentation, observation outside the operating room and throughout their post-operative care, interns will be able to: 
  • Observe the evolution and resolution of surgical disease processes. 
  • Shadow and understand the pertinent patient history taking and the principles followed in triage of patients. 
  • Shadow on how to conduct complete physical exams.
  • Learn how to write pertinent notes in the chart on the team's patients (history and physical examinations, operative notes, postoperative checks, daily progress notes). 
  • Learn how the doctors formulate a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Understand surgical decision making, including the timing and need for an operation and be able to communicate this to others (patient education, informed consent). 
  • Understand the basic anatomical landmarks for the most frequent general surgical operations. Learn basic surgical skills. 
  • Learn the basics of postoperative care and the evaluation and treatment of the most frequent postoperative complications. 
  • Read about common surgical problems and principles.
  •  Understand operative technique, surgical anatomy and pathology. 
  • Learn how to Demonstrate professional behavior (honesty, responsibility, respect for patients and colleagues and commitment and enthusiasm towards learning).
This Project is available in the following locations: Levolosi Health Centre

3. Outpatient Intern
IIP interns would be stationed in the outpatient department of the hospital. This department is activity laden and gives the students experience observing the diagnosis and treatment for assorted cases that do not require admission into a hospital. The interns are involved in various activities which include: 
  1. Observe diagnosis of pneumonia and other respiratory infections. 
  2. Learn on patient’s history taking and record keeping. 
  3. Shadow in the diagnosis and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI).
  4. Shadow in first aid care for minor emergencies such as road traffic accidents.
  5. Learn on the management of HIV and other infectious conditions. 
  6. Shadow and learn on management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.
  7. Learn on the management of common acute conditions such as common cold and diarrhea.
  8. Learn on the treatment of acute burns.
  9. Shadow and learn on the ordering of diagnosis tests and interpretation of various diagnostic tests. 

This Project is available in the following locations : Levolosi Health Centre

IIP interns may also contribute to the work of other departments such as Public Health, Internal Medicine, and Intensive Care.
Pre-health/ pre-med IIP candidates with interests in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and global health are encouraged to apply. 

This internship is offered in collaboration with Elective Africa

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