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Global Health Track


NepalSince 2010, 2-3 students per year have had the opportunity to travel to Nepal. Most recently, a research and clinical partnership is being established with the renowned Dhulikhel Hospital, a teaching facility for many Nepali providers. The rural town of Dhulikhel is famous for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas and is located two hours north east of Kathmandu. The first component of the summer curriculum for rising second year MD/PA students includes clinical shadowing for 3-4 weeks in various departments (Emergency Medicine, Surgery, OB/GYN, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, etc.). The second portion includes continuing the Maternal and Child Health research project for 3-4 weeks from the year prior. For the summer of 2015 research component, students can expect to: administer a survey, piloted by last year's group, to assess the determinants of mothers' intentions to exclusively breastfeed; to train Nepali public health workers on administering the survey and on conducting field interviews; to analyze the data; write and present a final report to stakeholders; submit abstract/manuscript at various conferences/journals; and determine future steps for this longitudinal project.​ Third year PA and fourth years MD students are also encouraged to return for a clinical rotation and/or continuing the research project.
Mentor: Dr. Jen Bellows
​Student Leader: Geoffroy Fauchet, MD/MPH Class of 2015 ​
​Student Alumni:Paul Kim and Rachel Wojcik, MD Class of 2017 and Haley Smith, PA Class of 2016

Peru: Each year 3-4 Students per year have the chance to travel to the rural Peruvian Amazon each year along with 3-5 students from other schools (pharmacy, PA, MPH, Dentistry, etc.) and 3-4 4th year medical students to help with a health care education program. This project has been in development for several years now, and has a fresh curriculum which includes 3-4 day courses in both preventative health and first-aid/triage. The time in country also has a prolonged section where students live in rural villages working one on one with health care workers and conducting research on the efficacy of the intervention on a community level.
Mentors: Dr. Richard Anstet, Dr. Jen Bellows, Dr. Jason Bellows

Rwanda: This year 2-4 students (possibly more in the future) will have the chance to travel to Rwanda in order to work on a community health project. While CU has had a relationship with NUR (National University of Rwanda) since 2006 and students have worked on global health projects there in the past, we are now taking the initiative to organize to send students there on a sustainable basis for various project. This year students will participate in a study assessing the prevalence of some non-communicable diseases (specifically hypertension and diabetes mellitus) around the Kinigi health center.  While these diseases may not be as important as HIV, TB, and malaria in Rwanda, there is a growing need to care for these conditions.  The end goal will be for health professional schools to give these illnesses more attention, medications to be stocked at community health centers, and to impact the way practitioners approach patients. In addition to helping with the study, students will also participate in educating the community and health care staff about these conditions.  There will also be opportunities for clinical shadowing at the hospital in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.
In-country CU Faculty: Dr. Cal Wilson
Mentor aide/Student Leader: Ben Deaton, Class of 2012
In-Country Investigator: Dr. Rogers Musafiri (Family Medicine Post-graduate in Rwanda)

South Africa: Each year 4-6 students per year have the chance to travel to Cape Town where they are able to help in a very chaotic emergency department in one of the poorer and more violent sections of the Country. Aside from an unparalleled exposure to common developing world Trauma and infectious disease exposure, there are multiple ongoing student research projects. Among these are a retrospective study of the incidence of TB and the rate of testing among trauma patients receiving chest tubes, instructing residents in South Africa in the use of emergency ultrasound, and many others.
Mentor: Dr. Dave Richards

Uganda: Each year 2-3 Students have the opportunity to travel to the Kisiizi hospital in Southwestern Uganda. The GHT has sent students to this hospital in Uganda for the past several years, sponsored by the Hibbards, a pair of Colorado docs who have a long-standing relationship with the hospital. Students will spend about 7 weeks working on clinical projects ranging from patient satisfaction surveys to malarial surveillance. There are several projects for students to explore in this hospital, including on going studies and many new needs identified by students every year.

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