||Everest Region, Nepal
||October 1-30, 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
visit local medical clinics
a language requirement? If so, state language:
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
There were 15 of us, all either premed or medical students,
who went on the AMSA Study Tour to Nepal. Really, our trip
was split into two parts, one in kathmandu and the other
trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas. In Kathmandu, we visited
clinics and hospitals ranging from a local Tibetan Herbal
medicine clinic, to an Ayurvedic Hospital, to the University
Teaching Hospital, among others.
While trekking, we visited two clinics along the trekking
route from Lukla to Kala Pattar (our destination at approx.
18,500 ft). The two clinics (the Himalayan Rescue Association
Outpost in Pheriche and the Kunde Valley medical clinic)
were similar in that they mainly catered to Westerners who
suffered from various forms of Acute Mountain Sickness.
They also had some resources set aside for care of the people
of the local villages. Upon returning back to Kathmandu
after a 19 day trek, we were given the chance to work a
four day rotation at whichever hospital/clinic of our choice
and we were escorted by the local medical students in Nepal.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Trekking, lots and lots of trekking. Visiting monuments,
temples, meeting other travellers. Losing lots of weight.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes definitely. This was a trip, in my opinion, for those
people who have essentially been pretty burnt out after
having gone through several years of medical school. Many
of the students were either in the third or fourth year
who just needed a break. The 19 day trek allowed each of
us to either conteplate to ourselves or talk to one another
about what things are going on in our lives in the present
Myself, I found direction of where I wanted to take my life
and career. There is no better place than having the backdrop
of the tallest mountain on the earth. Plus, you can get
academic credit for it.
- What did you not like?
There wasn't too much patient contact. We were mainly visiting
many different clinics in and about Kathmandu. Because our
schedule was dominated by our long trek, we had the opportunity
to work in a clinic of our choice for only four days. For
most people, this may not have been enough patient contact.
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
The application process is through the AMSA and can be downloaded
on-line at www.amsa.org.
Look there for deadline dates, but they were about 6 months
in advance. I believe the next trip will start next April
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
$2400 land cost while there including most hotels,
food, tents, porters, yaks, flight to Lukla from Kathmandu.
$1500 Flight ticket. You must have your own clothing and
hiking which will vary in cost depending on what you may
- 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:
Nope. Student loans baby. Gaye Sheffler is really helpful
on this one. But I did hear that another med student from
another school somehow got a drug company to help pay for
- 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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