Name of Organization: CDC/BOTUSA
Location (city, country): Gaborone, Botswana
Dates of your attendance: February 2003 - August 2003
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words):  
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:  

Activities available:

Patient care
Public community health research
Clinical research

Opportunities appropriate for:

Clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    I was the coordinator of a clinical research project testing a new processing method for sputum smears. I was responsible for overseeing the research staff, coordinating data collection and data entry. I also had the opportunity to round in the hospital

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    The project is assigned befory you arrive. However, there is some flexibility in your
    day-to-day work, and if you have other interests, you could almost certainly get involved with other porjects going on in addition.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes, Botswana is a great country to live in and it is in a fascinating part of the world. The project offered me a lot of autonomy and the staff were enjoyable to work with.

  4. What did you not like?
    There is not a lot of supervision, so you need to be fairly self-sufficient

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Yes, please see AMSA website.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    CDC pays for plane fare and housing. Otherwise, student pays for everything else.

  7. 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:
    Just from CDC. However, another student got money from Dr. Larsen for some elective.

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Gabriel Sayer
    Phone: 215-275-1174

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