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Electives - Global Health
Elective Number: 1524 (International) (arranged)
Rotation Supervisors: Drs. Eric Houpt & Tania Thomas
Designated signer: April Ballard, Center for Global Health
Available: all Rotations
Prerequisites: At least a month prior to beginning the rotation complete the Elective requirements on the Forms page. For Scholarship information, contact April Ballard, Program Supervisor, Center for Global Health 243-6383.
Application Procedure: Spaces are limited therefore prospective students should contact Dr. Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org, by the summer of the 4th year. The student should identify in writing his/her personal and professional goals for the rotation. After a brief interview process Dr. Thomas will then need:
- An updated CV, including applicant's full name, sex, date of birth, nationality, email address, subject and stage of study
- Medical School transcript (unofficial is ok)
- Personal statement, including applicant's relevant background, personal/professional goals and the objectives of their elective period, as well as preferred site, specific dates they wish to attend, their first and second choice of department affiliation, and estimated budget.
Dr. Thomas will provide a letter of recommendation to complete the application package for either KCMC or HLH. Anticipate a couple of months for official approval. At the end of the rotation all students write a one-page summary of their experiences, in the context of what their goals were beforehand.
Time to Report: not announced
Place to Report: not announced
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks on the wards (not accounting for travel time to/from site)
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Available: This elective is not available to visiting students
Number of students per rotation: 6
Course Description: The UVA Tanzania Program allows clinical rotations at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi or at Haydom Lutheran Hospital in Haydom. Given the short time period most students have, visiting only one site is feasible. It is recommended that students spend as long as possible in Tanzania in order to maximize their exposure and assimilation.
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) is in a small city, Moshi,
and is one of four tertiary referral medical centers and medical schools
country. A range of Tanzanian health care workers are undergoing training,
from nurses to
Haydom Lutheran Hospital (HLH) is remotely situated in the southwest corner of the Mbulu District. Haydom village has a population of about 20,000 and the hospital serves a large swath of rural Tanzania of approximately 390,000 people. The main ethnic groups residing there are Iraqw and Tatog; others in small numbers are Iramba, Nyaturu and Hadza. HLH is a very busy hospital with a staff of 580 and 400 beds. All services are provided, from surgery to OB/GYN to pediatrics and a large medicine ward. The hospital is well functioning and a CT scanner is on site (one of the only ones in the region). Both Tanzanian medical officers, medical doctors, and expatriate medical doctors staff the hospital. This is a superb “bush” hospital experience.
Infectious diseases are substantial problems in Tanzania, including malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, HIV infection (4-7%), etc., however the full range of medical conditions are seen, including increases in hypertension, diabetes, trauma, lung disease, etc. At both sites all medical discussions are in English. Although most patients speak Swahili, there is sufficient Tanzanian staff on the rounding teams that this language barrier is minimized. In addition to acquiring tremendous clinical knowledge, all students will acquire an understanding of the health contexts that affect the great majority of the world’s people. Without exception students have broadened their horizons and developed long lasting career interests in global health. Key ingredients for the success of this rotation include an ability to work in difficult circumstances, flexibility, warmth, a non-judgmental disposition, and an ability to make the best of things.
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