||Instituto Boliviano de la Biologia de la Altura
||La Paz, Bolivia
||10/01 - 12/01
of site institution (3-4 words):
||Altitude issues in pregnant mothers and neonates
a language requirement? If so, state language:
public/community health research
Opportunity to round in any part of the hospital
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
We participated in a study following up on babies born two
years ago to determine if there was a morbidity and mortality
difference between babies (from a previous study) who were
low birth weight, premature, and normal; this involved going
to community clinics and patient homes. We also helped out
with sleep studies (monitoring for hypoxia) in newborns,
watched echos (as part of the same study) to diagnose pulmonary
hypertension, edited prior papers that were about to be
submitted, attended neonatal rescusition classes, helped
out the neonatologists on the delivery floor, and rounded
in the hospital, particulary on the peds ID floor.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Besides the above, we could have participated more in studies
of hypoxia in pregnant mothers, and we could have rounded
on more units in the pediatric and adult hospitals next
door to the institute.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes, however, best if students have an interest in neonatology,
pediatrics, or obstetrics. And be prepared to build your
own structure for your time there.
- What did you not like?
As this was Bolivia, rarely did anything run smoothly or
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Application and info available from Sheila P. Apply in fall
of prior year.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
Bolivia is dirt cheap, esecially food- we ate 3 course
lunches at the institute every day for under $1. Housing
is more expensive, but one could stay in a cheap hotel for
$5-10 a night or try to find an apt.- the two of us rented
a great apartment. right downtown with a view for $260 a
month. There are no institutional fees.
- 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:
No funding. It is very laid back. Contact Dr. Niermeyer
as above or Bill Fox, MD, at CHOP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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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