International Rotation Opportunities
Students/residents at Hillside participate in the program for a one month elective. During that time, they are involved in many aspects of the operation of the clinic as they work closely with the clinic medical and support staff. The clinic is closed on weekends so that students have the opportunity to take side trips in the unique Central American country of Belize or into neighboring Guatemala. Participants normally find that the month passes quickly as they take advantage of the learning and cultural opportunities.
All of the activities in which students/residents participate are aimed at improving the health status of the population served as well as establishing long term relationships with local health care providers and educators at all levels. Through these varied activities, participants will gain an appreciation of how medicine and health promotion are conducted in a developing environment, representing a large segment of the world’s population. Concurrently, participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of the unique cultures of Belize and of the unique medical conditions encountered in the tropics.
Trainees have the opportunity to travel to Mwanza, Tanzania, during their third year of training as part of an international elective. Mwanza is located in northwest Tanzania and is situated on Lake Victoria. The rotation centers on teaching at Bugando Medical Center (BMC), an 850-bed tertiary referral hospital that serves as the medical epicenter of the region (total population served approximately 13 million). Bugando has a dedicated pediatric ward – including general pediatrics, malnutrition, and PICU – a separate NICU and newborn nursery, a Burkitt ward, and pediatric outpatient clinics. BMC is also affiliated with a medical school - Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences – which seeks to train several hundred medical students per year. LCH residents can also spend time during their rotation at the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) clinic (across the street from BMC) and at a near-by community hospital in Mwanza called Seko Tourre.
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Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611