Nepal: Since 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
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
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.
Guatemala: With a million dollar gift
from the Jose Fernando Bolaños Foundation, University of Colorado and
Children's Hospital Colorado health professionals are building new
collaborations to develop and improve the community health of El Pomal,
Guatemala. A clinic was opened March 14, 2014 and will be staffed by CU
doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, and other health professionals. Projects
thus far have focused on developing a child health
and development project, analyzing drinking water quality and quantity,
and improving maternal-fetal health.