Name of Organization: Hospital General San Juan de Dios
Location (city, country): Guatemala City, Guatemala
Dates of your attendance: September 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Pediatrics Hospital Rotation
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language: Spanish

Activities available:

patient care

Opportunities appropriate for:

clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    This is a 1-2 month pediatrics rotation at a large public hospital in Guatemala City. It is an exchange program with the University of Utah for residents and clinical medical students. I spent 4 weeks at the hospital, one week each in the peds ED, PICU, neonatal care unit, and the general peds floor participating in rounds, shadowing and assisting residents in their duties, interviewing and examining patients (in spanish), and doing 1 short talk (in spanish).

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes! This is an excellent opportunity to see the practice of medicine in another country in an organized and well-developed program that has the infrastructure necessary for a rich experience without the hassles of disorganization often present in rotations or experiences

  4. What did you not like?
    Not much! Excellent experience!

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Simply email Dr. Christensen, mention you are from Penn and were given his name by one of the students who did the rotation in Sept. 2000, Anna Grosz. The rotation is possible year-round, but there are many students and residents from Utah who participate so you won't have 100% freedom to choose your rotation dates. I did, however, receive my first choice of month.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    Residents in the peds program will house and feed you. They are very reluctant to take money from visitors and will 'treat' you to lunch and dinner a lot. However, I tried to buy groceries when possible and chip in if they would allow it. You must pay for airfare.
    That's it.

  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:
    Anna Grosz
    Email: anna
    Phone: 610-416-9286

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