||Paul D. Stolley International Clinical Epidemiology
||July 24-August 24, 2001
of site institution (3-4 words):
||Public community health research
a language requirement? If so, state language:
patient care observation
public/community health research
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
This was a flexible fellowship whereby you and your advisor
in the host institution could plan what you wished to accomplish.
Being I was in Bangkok for a relatively short period of
time, my advisor and I thought it was most fruitful for
me to observe a variety of care deliverances in Bangkok,
rather than trying to get very involved with a single project.
I observed inpatient and outpatient clinics. I visited health
centers (public health) in the rural as well as urban areas
and met with the directors. I learned of various projects
the public health department is carrying out, and visited
Bangkok's largest slum community, which was one of the target
sites. I also visited the Red Cross, where they do a significant
portion of the country's rabies testing and treatment. I
also devoted a significant portion of my stay to taking
advanced epidemiology courses (conducted in English). My
classmates were mostly experienced health professionals,
and there was a good mix from different Asian countries,
so it was an excellent opportunity to meet others with my
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
One idea, which I wasn't able to do because of time constraint,
is to visit the provincial hospitals in northern Thailand.
My advisor told me that it would have been interesting to
see the differences in facilities and way of delivery care
in a less affluent city in provincial hospitals compared
to the teaching hospitals in Bangkok.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes. It's an unique opportunity to get public health experience
(and clinical too depending on your advisor) in a developing
- What did you not like?
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Yes. Last year, the clinical epidemiology department at
Penn sent out a flyer to all medical students' mailboxes
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, 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:
The clinical epidemiology department provided full
funding for this trip, which included full air fare and
$1000 for living expenses, which was more than enough. You
do need to keep all receipts to get reimbursed.
- 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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