INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT

Name of Organization: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Location (city, country): Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dates of your attendance: July 2000 to Oct 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): research on fever etiologies
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language: No, but KiSwahili is helpful

Activities available:

public/community health research

Opportunities appropriate for:

clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Took brief history, did brief physical exams, took blood from patients, and complied data into database.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    I know the CDC had many other projects similar to this one in different areas of the world. These all are available on the CDC website.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Definitely. Great experience and might get a publication. Geared for those going into internal medicine, but could be great for anyone.

  4. What did you not like?
    I felt very limited sometimes when it came to taking care of the patients. Our study was to take blood so we could find out the most likely pathogens, but this didn't include caring for the patients. I was concerned many times that the patients did not get great care. We had some problems with our preceptor being too rigid at times. I think this was more cultural than anything.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    You have to fill out an application which is available on the CDC website. There is a deadline for the application. Ours was in April, but that date may vary- check the website.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    I received a small scholarship- $2250. This paid for the airfare ($1700) and some various other things. Once in Dar es Salaam, you could live on $10/ day if you don't go anywhere. We did a safari, went on a trip to Uganda, climbed Kilimanjaro, and made several trips to Zanzibar. I think the total for all of this was about $5000-$6000.

  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 a small scholarship- $2250. This was through the Africa Health Practicum. Penn advertises this every year. The deadline is sometime in Jan of the year you would go. Check with the International Office in Blockley Hall.

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Joan Miller
    Email: drjoanmiller@hotmail.com
    Phone: (630) 739-1779


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