Pediatric, Adolescent, and Women's Health: Healthcare Delivery in La Paz, Bolivia
Bolivia has the largest proportion of indigenous people in Latin America; the Quechua and Aymara alone make up approximately half of the population. CFHI’s program is based La Paz, recently named one of the New Seven Wonders cities. In the last 10 years, political changes have meant improved access to health and educational services for the poorest of the poor, including social services provided for children, adolescents, and women. Inequities still persist, however, and, as in most of Latin America, unequal access to healthcare is still the primary cause of death among mothers and children, according to the World Bank. Participants in this program will take part in rotations at pediatric clinics and hospitals in and around La Paz, including the largest children’s hospital in the country, recognized as a major research hospital conducting work to influence national health policy. Rotating alongside local physicians, residents, medical students, and nurses in wards such as obstetrics, oncology, inpatient, infectious disease, nephrology, and disabilities, students will gain experience in working with largely indigenous populations in resource poor settings and come to understand the socioeconomic and cultural barriers they face in accessing services for women and children.
In addition, students will experience site visits and service-learning opportunities with local nongovernmental organizations that cater to the needs of underserved children and families. Students will become immersed in Bolivian culture and language through conversational and medical Spanish classes while living with a local family. Explore Bolivia, and visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca, the Inca Ruins at Tiwanaku, and the Uyuni Salt Flats.
For this year’s program, students are encouraged to register for REL 367 – Christian Ethics and Healthcare in SPRING semester 2018. A specific section of REL 367 will include a cohort of students who will be participating in the Bolivia program. Dr. Nancy Romer, MD, instructor of the course, will incorporate learning activities in this section that relate to the outcomes of the Bolivia program. Students will complete writing assignments during and after traveling that will fulfill course requirements for this Spring semester course. NOTE – Students who have already completed this course or are unable to take REL 367 in Spring 2018 are still eligible to participate in the program.
MED/DEN Majors – NOTE - The program will meet the MED 480 requirement of participation in an approved clinical experience.
All participants will need to enroll in UDI 220 (MAXIE: Maximizing Your International Education) mini-course in Spring 2018. This course will require several pre-departure and preparation meetings from March through April. The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows:
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Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. This program is open to both pre-med students, as well as students from any major who are interested in global health.
In addition, the program will require a beginner level Spanish competency. Students will be required to take SPN 101 or SPN 131or SPN 141 in Spring 2018 OR demonstrate beginner level Spanish competency through a placement exam offered by University of Dayton Languages Dept. ALL program participants are encouraged to enroll in a Spanish course in Spring so as to best prepare for this immersion experience.
Child Family Health International (CFHI)
For this program, UD is partnering with Child Family Health International. CFHI is a leader in global health education, facilitating international internships that meet rigorous ethical, safety, and academic standards. CFHI’s socially responsible approach and reciprocal, long-term partnerships with communities, ongoing support of local healthcare infrastructure, US and local staff structures, as well as time-tested policies and procedures protect the wellbeing of both students and host communities. Our global partnerships with physicians, clinical and public/community health sites are established and reliable, and CFHI offers the expertise needed to administer global health programs to match academic needs.
Accommodations and Utilities
Students in the program stay at homestays arranged by CFHI. Rooms are either shared or single depending upon availability. Each student will have a single bed. Hot water is generally (but not always) available for showers. WiFi is generally not available at program accommodations; students can access Internet services at nearby cafes. Unless otherwise requested, faculty does not stay in the same lodging as students.
Dr. Kathleen Scheltens (kscheltens1), Director of Premedical Programs