Name of Organization: Universidad San Francisco
Location (city, country): Quito, Ecuador
Dates of your attendance: Feb. 28 - March 24, 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): University with Medical School
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:

Spanish helps

Activities available:

Patient care
Public community health research
Clinical research

Opportunities appropriate for:

pre-clinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Dr. Mantilla arranged for me to work in 2 very different locations, the University Clinic (which was like student health although also saw other patients as well--I was able to see some patients on my own there) and a rural 15-bed hospital, Hospital Yaruqui, where I spent time in the ED, outpatient clinics, and inpatient wards (and assisted a number of deliveries). I was also able to participate in classes with other medical students (in Spanish).

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    Dr. Mantilla could probably also arrange for an experience at Baca Ortiz or at other sites affiliated with the University. My rotation was classified as Family medicine but you could pursue interests in Peds, OB-GYN, Internal Medicine, or possibly others as well.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes--this was a somewhat more organized experience than my others in Ecuador. Dr. Mantilla is super nice and seemed happy to help other students get set up. He might also be able to help place you with a local family for housing.

  4. What did you not like?

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    I would contact Dr. Mantilla by e-mail (you can try telephone if you don't get a response) and tell him you got the contact information from me.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    No institutional fees--I lived in the same apartment for $80 per month as I had during my Baca Ortiz experience. It was a 45 minute commute by bus from downtown Quito to the University, and another 30 minutes past that for Hospital Yaruqui, but the buses are only maybe 20 cents and easy to use.

  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:

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Jessica Bloom

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