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PVRM6426: Ecuador- Medical Spanish Immersion Program

DescriptionThe Ecuador Centers for InterAmerican Studies Medical Spanish Immersion program aims to promote language and cultural competence, and to enhance the skills of health service professionals and consequently overall healthcare. 

 The program focuses on Medical Spanish, cultural, and public health system immersion training. Students are based in Cuenca, Ecuador at the Centers for InterAmerican Studies and live with a local Ecuadorian family.

 Curriculum consists of 20 hours of in class grammar and 20 hours of conversational Spanish. Students are exposed to the public health and medical system in Ecuador through visits to local hospitals, medical schools, rural health programs, and traditional healers. Weekend trips will consist of cultural emersion trips (one trip per weekend). Upon return students will be expected to complete a reflective final paper. Basic Spanish required.

Program Cost: $1450.00 for two weeks, including homestay with Ecuadorian family, meals, CEDEI tuition, and weekend trips.

Duration: 2 weeks- June 3rd – June 16th, 2018

Optional: Internship in Cuenca, Ecuador. For more information, please visit: https://www.cedei.org/en/internacionales-eng/individual-programs/internships#.WX86i9PytE4 External Icon

PVRM6427: Ecuador- Medical Spanish Immersion Program and Infectious Disease Research

Description:  This course incorporates the Ecuador Medical Spanish Immersion Program and research practicum. Once the two-week medical-Spanish immersion program is completed, students will travel to Machala, Ecuador where they will integrate into a team of SUNY Upstate investigators conducting research on infectious diseases in the southern coastal city of Machala, Ecuador.

 Student projects will depend on the individual’s skills and prior professional experience.  Students will spend anywhere from 6 weeks to one year in the field. Students will live together in the student apartment in Machala. Upon return students will be expected to complete a reflective final project and work with the Center for Global Health and Translational Science faculty to disseminate research results from fieldwork. Intermediate – Advanced Spanish required.

 Program Cost: $1450.00 for Medical-Spanish Immersion program, plus approximately $1000/month for housing, food and travel in Machala.

 Duration: 7-9 weeks up to one year, June 3rd – August 4th, 2018

Description of SUNY Upstate Center for Global Health & Translational Sciences (CGHATS) Global Health Research Platform in Machala, Ecuador:

CGHATS has been supporting a vibrant research program on emerging infectious diseases and public health interventions in southern coastal Ecuador since 2012, in partnership with Ecuadorian and U.S. universities and the Ministry of Health.  We have established a diagnostic laboratory in the central hospital and strengthened the entomology laboratory of the Ministry of Health.  Ongoing projects in Machala span disease surveillance, epidemiology, clinical research, entomology, spatial modeling, nutrition, disaster risk management, and climatology.  These projects leverage existing SUNY investments in infrastructure, Memorandums of Understanding with partner institutions and our long-term relationships, and a trained team of local field staff.  Dr. Stewart, Director of the Latin America Research Program of CGHATS, has been conducting research in Ecuador since 2007.

PVRM6425: Nicaragua- AMOS Health and Hope Program

Description: The AMOS program focuses on rural health and cultural emersion in Nicaragua.  AMOS Health and Hope seeks to take action to help address the problems of poverty, disease and preventable deaths by improving health and well-being.  Programs are based on community-identified needs and build upon community strengths.  The goal of this elective is to improve the health of impoverished communities by working alongside them in health, education, and development.

Once in country students will be placed with host families, attend an orientation, and then will travel to different community sites each day to work with local healthcare providers. Each day will be 8 hours spent with local physicians, nurses or public health workers in different communities.  Under the supervision of the local physician, students will assist with procedures ranging from taking vital signs, maternal and child health visits, cancer screenings, chronic disease management, and other clinical tasks.  They will also have the opportunity to be involved in public health initiatives such as building clean water systems and providing health education.  In the rural rotation, students will join the AMOS supervision team of physicians, public health workers and nurses and will travel to remote villages to support local healthcare in underserved regions

Program Cost: TBD

Duration: 4 1/2 weeks (Urban Clinic Rotation), 5 weeks (Rural Rotation), Dates TBD

PVRM6424: Nicaragua- Enlace Program

Description: The Enlace program focuses on rural health and cultural emersion in Nicaragua. Once in country, students will be placed with host families, attend an orientation, and then will travel to different community sites each day to work with local healthcare providers.  These community sites are located in El Sauce, Ocotal, and Leon.  Each work day will be 8 hours (typically from 7am-3pm) spent with local doctors and nurses in different communities.  Translators are provided by Enlace.  Under the supervision of the local physician, students will assist with procedures ranging from taking vital signs, maternal and child health visits, cancer screenings, chronic disease management, and other clinical tasks.  Evening and weekends will consist of cultural emersion trips and cultural classes.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in teaching English classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Upon return to the US, students will be expected to complete a reflective final paper.

Program Costs: 2 week trip- $1,500; 3 week trip- $1,800 (not including airfare)

Costs include: All transportation in country, all meals, host families, 1-day preparation course, medical brigade with a local Nicaraguan physician, extra activities, tours, day-trips (not-including zip-lining or volcano-boarding)

Duration: 2-4 weeks, Dates TBD

Ghana- Americans Serving Abroad Project (A.S.A.P.)

A.S.A.P. (Americans Serving Abroad Project) Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of deprived, resource limited rural communities in Ghana, Africa. We accomplish this goal through short-term mobile healthcare mission trips and a concurrent vulnerable children's program.

In addition to our project work, trips include a variety of cultural activities intended to teach volunteers about the Ghanaian culture as well as sight-seeing activities. There will be many opportunities to interact with local people to allow for positive cultural exchanges. Activities may include attending a traditional wedding, a funeral or church services.

 

Website: http://www.americansservingabroad.com/ External Icon

Cost- Between $2500-$3000 depending on flight cost

Duration: One Week

Scheduled Trips: November  10 – November 21 2017

Spring 2018 TBD

Flyers: ASAP Community Development Service Trip PDF Icon and ASAP Healthcare Service Trip PDF Icon

Haiti- Resident Experience

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Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine

The Upstate International Emergency Medicine (IEM) Fellowship will prepare Emergency Medicine Residency-Trained physicians to serve in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) development, humanitarian relief, disaster management, public health, and travel &; field medicine. A 1-year fellowship track will offer a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Public Health (CASPH), while a 2-year fellowship track will offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Central New York Master of Public Health (CNYMPH) program, a joint venture of SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University.

For more information and application process- please visit the link: http://www.upstate.edu/emergency/education/fellowships/iem.php

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