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Electives - General Surgery

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Rwanda Clinical/Research Elective (Global Health)

Elective Number: 3028

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. J. Forrest Calland

Designated Signer: Amy Bunts, (434) 982-3549/asb2h@virginia.edu

Duration: Maximum 8 weeks, Minimum 2-weeks

Available: All

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.

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.

Learning Objectives:

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.