||Hospital Baca Ortiz
||Jan 30 - March 15, 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
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.):
Dr. Sempertigue arranged for me to work at Hospital Baca
Ortiz, a children's hospital in Quito. He is an Infectious
Disease specialist and I worked on an inpatient ID ward.
I also participated in his Malaria research project in Esmereldas
(coast of Ecuador).
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Dr. Sempertigue could probably arrange a clinical experience
for most interests, or you could focus more fully on the
malaria research. I went with him and the rest of his research
team into a rural village to recruit potential study subjects
(children under 5 with fever) and to educate about malaria.
There is also laboratory work in Esmereldas. At Baca Ortiz,
I also sat in on small group classes in ID with other medical
students and residents (conducted in Spanish).
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes, Baca Ortiz is a fantastic place to really see what
practicing medicine is like in the 3rd world. They were
experiencing chronic shortages of basic supplies and you
can really learn how to maximize the use of limited resources.
- What did you not like?
Because they are not formally accustomed to having visiting
medical students, it was really necessary to take a lot
of initiative to do what I wanted (and not just observe
the whole time). I volunteered to take call for example,
and asked senior residents if I could start doing H&P's
once my Spanish was up to the task. Despite this I ended
up with a lot of down time anyway, because it was not a
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Contact Dr. Sempertigue (he may take a while to answer e-mail;
you can try calling him as well, and he speaks very good
English although the person who answers the phone might
not) and let him know that you got his contact information
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
There were no insitutional fees--the experience itself
was free. Ecuador is ridiculously cheap to live in. I found
an apartment for $80 US per month that was perfectly nice
and safe. You can easily eat for under $5 per day, much
less if you buy groceries and cook. Dr. Sempertigue could
probably arrange for housing with a family if you want.
- 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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