||Summer Medical Institute
||Texas and Mexico
of site institution (3-4 words):
||Provide free health care
a language requirement? If so, state language:
Public community health research
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
Twice a week we would go to Mexico and setup a free health
clinic inside a church, where patients would be seen by
a medical student (accompanied by a family
practice resident). Two other days we would go door-to-door
in Texas, doing
blood-pressure and glucose screenings for diabetes. One
day of the week was devoted to seminars about how to incorporate
Christian faith into medicine and how to be
sensitive to patients' spiritual needs.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
There was also an opportunity to shadow family practice
residents around the Valley Baptist Family Practice Residency
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes. It is an amazing opportunity to practice rural medicine
and community health. It is also an amazing way to deepen
one's own personal faith in Christ.
- What did you not like?
I wish it were longer than just 5 weeks.
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Applications can be found at http://www.thesmi.org/.
Generally, applications are due in the springtime before
the summer you want to go.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
The trip is approximately $1500 (including airfare,
food, housing, etc).
- 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:
- 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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