INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT
||Sickle Cell Clinic at Konfo Anochye Teaching Hospital
|| Kumasi, Ghana
|| June 29- August 10, 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
||Treats children with Sickle Cell Disease
a language requirement? If so, state language:
||English-national language, Twi local
public/community health research
basic science research
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
My Primary project was a public health study. I brought
digital thermometers and trained the parents of kids at
the clinic how to use them and ran a study on if they remembered
the training. I also assisted the nurses with height, weight
and head measurements and participated in health education
of large groups and individual patients.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Dr. Ohene-Frempong has a variety of contacts and can
help you come up with a public health, clinical or basic
science research project. For clinical students, the KATH
hospital where the clinic is located has a lot of foreign
students doing rotations so that is probably a possibility.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes! This was a great experience. I think going to
this clinic was a good place to have a first developing
country experience because the staff is friendly and receptive
and used to having Penn students around. The patients are
also great and very appreciative.
- What did you not like?
I only had a minimal language background in Twi . I
was able to communicate fine with all the hospital staff
(who knew English very well) but for the majority of patients
I needed to rely on a translator. Also, there are a few
nurses that are distrustful of Penn students because of
problems theyve had in the past, so be nice to them.
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Dates are very flexible as far as setting up the program,
but I would start at least 5 months in advance making contact
with Dr. Ohene-Frempong, developing a project and looking
into airfare. Also encourage Dr. Ohene-Frempong to arrane
your housing ASAP because the hostel fills fast.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
Immunizations and Malaria Medications $300
Food varies, but not more than $5/day
- 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:
I received funding from a private source that completely
covered my expenses. A good source of funding is the African
Health Practicum through the office of International Affairs.
Email Dr. Don Silverberg at email@example.com
- Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested
in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
Name: Michelle Klaus
Phone: 215- 569-0939
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