||Medical Research Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago
||Port of Spain, Trinidad
||June 2000 - August 2000
of site institution (3-4 words):
a language requirement? If so, state language:
public community health research
basic science research
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
I conducted a public health survey of breastfeeding behaviors
among HIV+ mothers who were treated perinatally to prevent
mother to child transmission of HIV. I also volunteered
at an orphanage for children with HIV. In addition, I got
to travel to Grenada and Tobago to help collect data for
field studies and experience the culture.
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
Students have the opportunity to create their own project
focusing on HIV related public health topics. As well, if
interested, the center is affiliated with the caribbean
epidemiology center in Port of Spain, which conducts more
laboratory, basic science research.
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes, they give you a lot of autonomy in terms of the project
you decide to do and they are a great source of information/resources
regarding HIV in the caribbean. Laid back atmosphere where
someone who is self-motivated can thrive.
- 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?
I applied through a program offered by the University of
MD, but they also had 2 students who were not in that program.
I think you would need to contact them several months in
advance to express your interest and see what the process
is. They do not offer funding directly to students, which
is why I applied through the Univ. of MD program because
it was fully funded. That program was a MIRT fellowship
and Fogarty grant offered to minority medical students.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
All of my expenses were covered, but if you apply individually,
you will have to find outside funding or pay out of pocket.
Expenses include housing, food and transportation. Everything
but the plane ride is cheap there and they do have contacts
to help arrange housing for you.
- 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:
MIRT/Fogarty Fellowship Program through the Univ. of
MD School of Medicine, Office of Student Research, Dr. Jordan
Warnick. Applications are due some time in Feb for that
upcoming summer. Contact Dr. Warnick at JWarnick@som.umaryland.edu
for application. Requires multiple recommendations, including
one from the Dean of Student Affairs at Penn.
- 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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