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Educational Opportunities in International Health
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Clinical and Research Electives with UCSF-sponsored program at Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) in Kenya
Deadlines: See website
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 balek@globalhealth.ucsf.edu.

International Clinical Elective in Kampala, Uganda
Makerere University Medical School
Deadline: Rolling
Fee: $200

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.

Trachoma Field Work in Ethiopia with UCSF's Proctor Foundation
Deadline: Rolling
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.

Clinical and Research Work in Uganda on Kaposi's Sarcoma and HIV Infection 
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 martin@psg.ucsf.edu. More> PDF

HIVCorps Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
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, maria.lombe@cidrz.org

Clinical Work at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana
Deadline: Rolling
This 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 boatsefa09@gmail.com.

South Africa:

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.


Global Service Corps (GSC) Programs in Tanzania
Deadline: Rolling
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 visit www.globalservicecorps.org for more information.

Unite for Sight International Opportunities
Deadline: Rolling
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 JStaple@uniteforsight.org or www.uniteforsight.org for application and details.

Internships in Africa - Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)
Deadline: Rolling
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.

International Service Learning: Health Professions Program in Africa
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 visit www.islonline.org.


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