Name of Organization: Accion Medica Cristiana
Location (city, country): Waspam, Nicaragua
Dates of your attendance: June-Aug. 2003
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words):  
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language: Spanish

Activities available:

Health infrastructure


Opportunities appropriate for:

pre-clinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    I spent my time learning about how AMC provided relief and strategic planning for around 40 communities along the banks of the Coco River.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    AMC's projects vary widely with site and with the different projects that are running at any one time.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    I would recommend this to students who are very independent and comfortable working in a situation with very little structure (and sometimes not that much to do). If you like structure and supervision, this might not be for you.

  4. What did you not like?
    I felt a bit isolated and underutilized during my time.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Belinda Forbes, an American living in Nicaragua, is the international liason at Accion Medica. She is a wonderful and candid person, and would be the right person to talk to.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    Food and housing were additional though minimal costs.

  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:
    I received funding from Frontline Medicine (check w/ Dr. Larson) and from Suite 100.

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

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