||Belize Family Life Association, also Hillside Clinic
||Punta Gorda, Belize
Dates of your attendance:
|September 2000 - December 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
BFLA: family planning
Hillside: family practice
a language requirement? If so, state language:
Public community health research
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
I started off at the Hillside cinic, a family practice type
clinic in rural Belize. It is supposed to be staffed by
doctors from Wisconsin, but unfortunately there were none
there during my stay. I saw all types of family practice
patients and treated a variety of basic and tropical illnesses.
I left the Hillside clinic to work with BFLA, a planned
parenthood subsidiary. There was an ex-peace corps nurse
who was opening up the clinic during my stay. We helped
to set up and organize the clinic, publicize it, and saw
patients with family planning and women's health needs.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
There may be some public health opportunities. I believe
BFLA had been asked to teach different groups about HIV
and STDs, reproduction, and other public health issues.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
I enjoyed the BFLA work more than the Hillside clinic although
my experience at Hillside may not be representative. I think
it has been well-staffed since I left.
- What did you not like?
I would have preferred having medical back-up at the Hillside
clinic. The clinic had recently built a new facility before
I arrived which was funded by a religious organization.
This made me uncomfortable at times, but shouldn't discourage
anyone with a strong interest in going (there is no missionary
work by anyone at the clinic and they claim to be multidenominational,
although this means Christian).
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
There were no housing costs at the Hillside Clinic.
It was provided on site.
I paid for my housing while working with BFLA. It cost
about 150 US/ month.
- Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from
whom and for how much? Please provide important information,
such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:
- Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested
in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
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