INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT

Name of Organization: The Berhorst Foundation (Desarollo de la Fundacion Carroll Berhorst)
Location (city, country): Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Dates of your attendance: Berhors@terra.com.gt
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Health Care Clinic
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language: Spanish

Activities available:

patient care
public/community health research

Opportunities appropriate for:

Preclinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Seeing patients, performing history and physicals, shadowing different specialists, observing surgeries at public hospitals, assisting with minor surgeries, learning about Guatemala health care delivery, resources, costs, etc.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    Public/community health research projects.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes!! Great teaching, friendly environment, people are always happy to talk with you, you create your own schedule, lots of clinical exposure, patients have a range of ages.

  4. What did you not like?
    See a lot of the same kind of illnesses and cases.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    No. Contact Dr. Daniel Salazar and ask him if you can come volunteer at the clinic. Specify the dates and what you are interested in doing. In exchange for the volunteer opportunity, Dr. Salazar will ask you to bring some medications and extra medical equipment for the clinic.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    Costs: Room and board w/ Guatemalan family- $50 / week
    If you live in Antigua- 50 cents/day to ride the bus to Chimaltenango

  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:
    No.

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Christine Perez
    E-mail: cperez@mail.med.upenn.edu

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