||Center for Disease Control and Prevention
||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
||July 2000 to Oct 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
||research on fever etiologies
a language requirement? If so, state language:
||No, but KiSwahili is helpful
public/community health research
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested
in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
Phone: (630) 739-1779
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