Electives - General Surgery
Rwanda Clinical/Research Elective (Global
Elective Number: 3028
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. J. Forrest Calland
Designated Signer: Amy Bunts, (434) firstname.lastname@example.org
Duration: Maximum 8 weeks, Minimum 2-weeks
Report to: TBA
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: TBA
Typical day: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
- Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student
Affairs and the Attending on Service.
- Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.
Number of students per rotation: 1 min/8 max
Course Description: This rotaton involves a clinical and/or research exposure to medicine and surgery practiced in the resource limited setting of Rwanda. Students will work with UVA faculty to develop a research project or clinical rotation of their interest and then travel to Rwanda to work closely with Rwandan colleagues including medical students, residents, and faculty to compelte their research project or clinical rotation. The content of the research is left largely up to the student's interest, but may include: outcomes research, survey research, database creation and/or analysis, and is limited only by a students imagination and desire. Additionally, the clinical rotation can be tailored to the student's interests but largely will include surgery, critical care, or rural medicine.
1. Students will feel comfortable constructing a research project to evaluate a hypothesis.
2. Students will analyze data required during the elective to make conclusions about their hypothesis.
3. Students will be able to synthesize a draft of a manuscript detailing their research background, methods, results, and a discussion of the significance of their findings.
4. Students will be able to critique the differeneces in the practice of medicine and surgery in resource limited settings.
5. Students will feel comfortable recommending treatment strategies suited to patient needs in a resource limited setting.
6. Students will become comfortable working with international colleagues with the common goal of patient care and health promotion.
7. Students will gain an appreciation for the country of Rwanda and its people in their efforts to increase sustainable medical capacity.