Educational Opportunities in International
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The FACES Student Education and Training Program (STEP), a joint program
of UCSF and Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), provides opportunities
for medical student involvement in clinical and research activities with
a focus on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections in Nyanza Province
(Kisumu, Suba, and Migori), Kenya. Clinical and research electives are
available to medical students who are in their clerkship year/s of study,
and to residents. Clinical electives are a minimum of 6 weeks, and can
include more than one site for electives of 8 weeks or longer. Learners
who join FACES for a clinical elective at any of our sites will be involved
in patient care, home and hospital visits, multidisciplinary team meetings,
clinical team meetings, and will be expected to complete one or two projects
during their elective. For more information about the program and application
information please visit our website,
or contact Kimberly Bale at email@example.com.
Makerere University Medical School
This one or two-month clinical elective in Uganda gives UCSF students and residents an opportunity to experience patient care at Mulago and Nsambya Hospitals in the cardiac and HIV clinics. Weekly educational conferences include teaching sessions, rounds, and journal club. Since space is limited, students must complete the application form and pay a fee to coordinate their elective through Susan Byekwaso, Education Program Support Officer at Makerere University Medical School. See specific opportunities in women's health.
The Proctor Foundation has limited research opportunities for medical
students interested in community ophthalmology in Ethiopia. Our current
project involves treating trachoma on a community-wide scale and monitoring
the effects over time to find the best treatment recommendation for disease
elimination in an endemic community. Participation in the project allows
medical students to learn about the research protocol, be exposed to the
day-to-day functioning of an international public health/epidemiology
study, and learn about clinical practices relevant to the research. Students
are supervised in the field by the study coordinator and principal investigator,
and will work closely with local ophthalmic nurses, eye care workers,
and community health volunteers in a rural setting. They will also have
the opportunity to learn the standard clinical exams to detect trachoma
as well as to observe eye conditions more prevalent in the developing
world. Research opportunities vary in length according to the project’s
on-going needs. (Usually two to three weeks in length). Please contact
the Trachoma Study Coordinator, Jenafir
House for more information on current opportunities and the application
procedure. Please note that students are encouraged to seek some of their
own funding for travel and living expenses in Ethiopia. For more info,
please visit website.
UCSF’s Dr. Jeff Martin and UCSF colleagues, along with Dr. Edward
Mbidde are seeking a student to take on a high level of responsibility
in implementing a randomized trial in Kampala, Uganda to address the hypothesis
that PI-containing HAART is superior to PI-sparing HAART in promoting
Karposi’s Sarcoma (KS) regression. The work encompasses the investigation
of HIV, Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infection,
and KS. The selected student will work side-by-side with Ugandan physicians
treating over 200 people with HIV and managing the day-to-day field work.The
student has the opportunity to observe how antiretroviral drugs impact
patients and s/he can focus his/her research on HIV, KSHV or KS. For more
information please email Dr. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: February 23, 2007
Founded in 2004, this program aims to get volunteers involved in
international HIV care and preventative initiatives. The HIVCorps seeks
program assistants to help expand HIV care and treatment services. Assignments
last 10-12 months and are based on individual interests and programmatic
needs. Examples over the past few years include: expansion of HIV services
to new provincial health care sites; expansion of services for HIV-infected
children; strengthened links between the tuberculosis and HIV care programs;
and development of community outreach programs. For more information visit
www.cidrz.org or contact
Maria Lombe, email@example.com
Deadline: RollingThis clinical elective consists of four weeks at the Korle-Bu Teaching
Hospital and one week rural placement at the Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital
in the Afram-plains district of Ghana, and preferably another week at
Effia Nkwanta Hospital in the Western Region of Ghana. Students can arrange
to stay at the International Student Hostel ($300 per month), the Mother's
Hostel, which is within the Korle-Bu Hospital ($200 per month) or with
a host family (no cost). Eric Boateng, who works at the medical school
there, can help you arrange housing when you arrive. During the week(s)
at the rural locations, students are placed with a host family (no cost).
To apply, send an application letter, C.V. and a Dean's letter of consent
to Eric Sefa Boateng, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Information Technology
Unit, Box 77, Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu, Accra-Ghana. For more information,
please stop by OIP or contact Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIV/AIDS & Healthcare in Durban, South Africa: The Durban program highlights the challenges faced by the post-apartheid public healthcare system, taking into consideration the threats of HIV/AIDS, environmental health issues, and other underlying causes of poor health in the region. The program will focus on health issues addressed through clinical interventions and community development projects in health. IHCAI website.
Healthcare Challenges in Cape Town, South Africa: Experience first-hand the healthcare challenges facing South Africa, where, under the Apartheid regime, the vast majority of people had limited or non-existent healthcare until the 1990s. Since then, South Africa’s health care system has made great strides under majority rule, especially in its efforts to reach underserved communities. Today, South Africa has emerged as a critical battleground for the HIV/AIDS epidemic. IHCAI website.
GSC is a nonprofit international volunteer organization running service-learning
opportunities in Tanzania. Programs are offered in a variety of fields
including public health, international health, HIV/AIDS, and rural medicine.
Students also participate in homestays with local families while working
hand-in-hand with local counterparts. Programs are of varying lengths
and are offered year round. Four new internship programs being offered
are the Community Training Internship, the SOS Fellowship, the Integrated
Service Learning Programs, and the Community Development Internship. Please
for more information.
Unite for Sight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing international
medical opportunities to help restore eyesight and prevent blindness in
African, Asian, and Latin American countries. All persons over the age
of 18 are welcome to apply, including premedical students, medical students,
public health professionals, doctors, corporate professionals, nurses,
graduate students, retired professionals, and others. Short and Long Term
volunteer opportunities for physicians are available as well. Contact
for application and details.
FSD provides summer internships with local community development organizations
in Kenya and Uganda. The internships are usually 8 to 16 weeks in duration
and include family home stay, and individual orientation and debriefing.
Internship study areas include: Community Development, Environment, Health,
Human Rights and Women's Empowerment, Micro-finance Projects, and Youth
and Education. Please visit www.fsdinternational.org
for more information.
This program offers a unique and exciting opportunity for health students
to experience clinical work first hand in the challenging context of rural
and urban Africa. Teams of 10 to 14 students are accompanied by professional
medical staff in addition to resident medical staff at each clinic location.
Each program begins with two days of seminars in basic triage, tropical
medicine. Students are assigned to rotating assignments at area clinics
and are offered the possibility to do independent study. For more information