Nepal: Each year 3-5 Students per year have the opportunity to travel to Nepal. Based out of Kathmandu, Dolakha, Illiam, Pokhara, last year’s group worked on developing PBL curriculums for the new medical school. They worked on developing consistent teaching processes with the current faculty. Other identified projects and needs include Medical waste recycling programs, and pathology projects with telemedicine.
Mentor: Dr. Barry Bielik
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.