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Child Family Health International

New Global Health Elective: "Maternal and Child Health in Pune India" - Click here for program description.

CFHI's most recent addition to their global health rotations for health science students (undergraduate and graduate) and residents, is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Maternal and Child Health, as well as the vibrant Marathi culture, in the fascinating city of Pune, India.

Participants in this program will be exposed to the healthcare system in India that caters to the needs of women and children. They will experience antenatal care, intranatal care and postnatal care facilities and will learn about newborn care, immunization schedules and pediatric care up to age five. Participants can also rotate in family planning clinics, and will have the opportunity to work in clinics that manage sexually transmitted infections and disease.

Students can participate in the Maternal and Child Health program in Pune, for 4 or 8 weeks. The program runs every month of the year (beginning August 4th 2007) and academic credit can be arranged with the cooperation of your university or school. (After you are accepted, you may request an "elective letter" to be sent to you or your advisor with information about how you will be evaluated and basic roles and responsibilities of CFHI participants. Each program site has a Medical Director who will complete any on-site evaluation forms.)

CFHI has many fundraising resources available to assist you in raising your program fees (click here to quickly create your own CFHI fundraising web page.

For more information about all of CFHI's global health electives in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Nicaragua and South Africa (and to apply) please visit the web site at www.cfhi.org


There are a few last minute spaces in Belize for April, including 30-day, 15-day, 5-day, & independent study programs that include clinical time in a district hospital as well as village clinics, extensive didactic, and practical hands-on training. These are fully approved for rotation credit for residents, medical, and all health professions students. This April program has a particularly heavy emphasis on remote primary care due to the interests of current students. Due to the short time frame, please contact the Dr. Keith Brown directly at drbrown@belizeinstitute.com or 402-640-1456.

Here is the 15-day course description:

Live the adventure! Join other elite students on our International Wilderness/Expedition Medicine & Global Health rotations! Our programs provide extensive hands-on training in practical remote medicine knowledge & skills in the jungle, rivers, and caves of Belize! You will live in our training center, enjoying bunkrooms, bath & shower rooms, and the dinning and classroom facilities. Every day you will combine short lectures, hands on practice, and field exercises to learn practical patient care, evacuation, improvisation, and planning for all aspects of remote, austere, international/global and expedition medical care.

Singing Macaws and Parrots sitting on your roof, howling monkeys far up in the triple canopy rain forest, Mayan temples and artifacts hidden deep in the jungle, crystal clear rivers running through caves and over waterfalls. all this and more will fill your days and nights as we learn and practice real world medicine, out on the edge.

After your two-week wilderness medicine rotation, you can choose to stay on for two-weeks of clinical patient care time in several hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

We offer rotations around the world, including the safe, English speaking country of Belize, Central America (formally British Honduras). Full elective rotation credit is offered through the University of Nebraska School of Medicine; all programs are taught & supervised by University faculty. Belize is located on the second largest barrier reef, offering tremendous opportunities for snorkeling & diving. 60% of the country is protected rainforest environment, full of Mayan ruins, caves, and rare wildlife for you to enjoy.

Now in our 13th year, students from over 50 medical schools and 12 countries have attended our programs. Please visit our web site at http://www.gmrsltd.com for information, pictures, testimonials, and more. Or, email Cori, our Service Director, at service@belizeinstitute.com or our Medical Director, Dr. Keith Brown, at drbrown@belizeinstitute.com.

Interested in serving the oldest minority in the US? There are opportunities for 3rd and 4th year rotations through Indian reservations around the country. All 10 districts within the US have been contacted and an information booklet has been formed. Contact Katrina Leonard, MS 1 at krleonar@utmb.edu for more info.

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