UTMB FIELD SITES

UTMB Field Sites

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UTMB offers pre-clinical and clinical electives in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Students must have at least an advanced intermediate/conversational proficiency in Spanish in order to participate in these elective opportunities. 

  • Technology needs assessment for videoconferencing & telemedicine
  • Research capacity-building
  • Existing infrastructure (policy, ethics, lab, etc.)
  • Academic collaborations
  • Needs and perceptions of potential investigators
  • Community-based projects (Bateyes)
  • Water sanitation and hygiene (filter project)
  • Disease prevalence and surveillance
  • NCD management
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AMMAN

Our global health site in Jordan provides unique opportunities for partnerships and exchange programs with a variety of institutes.

Our current partners

  1. United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)

    Started to operate in May 1950, UNRWA has been contributing to the human development and welfare of four generations of Palestinian refugees. Currently UNRWA serves and protects over five million Palestinian refugees in occupied Palestinian territories (West bank and Gaza), Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria through 692 schools, 143 primary health facilities, 102 women and community centers, and a large-scale micro-finance program. Learn more about UNRWA (here).

    The partnership with UNRWA provides a unique opportunity for research internships for our medical, nursing, physician assistant, and public health students as well as residents.

    Research internships include quantitative and qualitative studies in the areas of non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, nutrition, mental health, health financing, healthcare workforce, health informatics, and leadership and governance for health

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MAUA

Maua Methodist Hospital is located in eastern Kenya, roughly 200 km from Nairobi. Students have the opportunity to spend time in various clinical areas of the hospital as well as participate in community-based projects.


NAIROBI

University of Nairobi continues to grow its partnership with UTMB. Students may rotate at Kenyatta National Hospital or Mbagathi District Hospital.
  
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LIMA

El Comedor/University of Cayetano Heredia 
Malnutrition affects thousands of Peruvian children each year. UNICEF has estimated the prevalence in children less than five years old at 18% in urban areas, and up to 33% in rural areas of the country. Risk factors include food insecurity, rapid population expansion, poverty and economic disparities, and high prevalence of communicable diseases.

El Comedor (www.elcomedor.org) is a community-based project supported by the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and UTMB. Its purpose is to improve the nutritional status of children under the age of 3 in the town of Ermitaño Alto, in the Independencia District of Lima. Over the course of six months, El Comedorprovides two nutritious meals five days a week to children between 6 and 36 months who are either currently malnourished or deemed to be at risk for malnutrition. An on-site dietician and nutritionists also teach mothers how to use low-cost, locally relevant ingredients to prepare healthy meals for their children, and educate them on the importance of good nutrition for optimal physical and mental development. UTMB and UPCH are working together to establish opportunities for their students to work together on collaborative projects that serve the mission of El Comedor.

Field Epidemiology Course (Lima and Tumbes, Peru)
This course is open to students from all four schools at UTMB through an application process. The course is held during the summer and taught by Dr. Willy Lescano from UPCH and Dr. A. Clinton White from UTMB. The course activities evolve around the investigation of a simulated outbreak of febrile illness in a town in northern Peru.

Field Epi in Peru

During a 2-week period, the 10 steps of an outbreak investigation proposed by the CDC are introduced and applied directly in the field. Work is intense, exciting, and focused on hands on activities. Students learn about rapid response teams, logistics for field activities, cases and controls tracing, vector and reservoir trapping, handling, dissection, and specimen collection. They also learn about vector control, surveillance of influenza virus reservoirs, and eradication of human and animal cysticercosis. Overall, the course demonstrates that team work and field epidemiology are not only enjoyable, but can make a difference in the lives of people in resource poor settings.


CUSCO

UPCH – UTMB Collaborative Research Center

The UPCH – UTMB Collaborative Research Center was founded as a joint effort to augment research and educational capacity in the Cusco region. It was officially opened in January of 2012 by Dr. Eduardo Gotuzzo (Director, IMTAvH), Dra. Fabiola León Velarde (Rector, UPCH), Dr. A. Clinton White (ID Division Director, UTMB), and Dr. Miguel Cabada (Director, UPCH-UTMB Collaborative Research Center). Please click here to see photos from the opening ceremonies.

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The Center's current research focuses in 2 areas: diseases of travelers to Cusco (including traveler's diarrhea and altitude illness) and parasitic disease in the surrounding region. Dr. Cabada was recently funded by NIH to study the impact of fascioliasis in the community. Through a network of local relationships, the Center offers experiences in community health/development, research, language training, and clinical medicine for UTMB trainees.

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RUKUNGIRI

Nyakibale Hospital is a Catholic mission hospital located in the southwestern part of Uganda. It is about 7 hours by paved road from Kampala. It receives roughly 15% of its budget from the Ministry of Health – the remainder comes from patient fees and donations.

Nyakibale Hospital is staffed by four general practitioner medical officers and a surgery resident from Mbarara University. Visiting expatriate specialists (mostly missionaries) spend anywhere from a few months to a few years at a time. These volunteers are of varying specialties. Nurses and nursing/midwife students comprise the majority of staff. There are two full-time anesthetists and a radiographer.

Nyakibale Hospital has a ~160 bed capacity. The physical plant is typical of other mission hospitals in the region, containing a male and female medical ward, a male and female surgical ward, and a pediatric ward. There used to be an isolation ward, but it is not used since the introduction of a home DOT program for TB. There is a very large maternity ward with space for expectant mothers, complicated cases, post C-section recovery, nursery, and post-partum recovery. With the exception of a few select private rooms scattered throughout the hospital, patients are in a ward-style layout in very close quarters, with a maximum reported capacity of 25 patients per room. Bed nets are above all beds.
  

FORT PORTAL

Holy Family Virika Hospital is run by the Banyatereza Sisters (an African congregation). It was founded in 1911 and recently celebrated its 100th year of service to the community. In 1994, and earthquake leveled the facility and it was finally re-opened several years later. It is situated in Fort Portal, which is about 298 km from Kampala by paved road. Fort Portal is a relatively large town, with several banks and restaurants. It is situated a short drive from several tourist attractions. Four doctors make up the medical staff of Virika Hospital. Three are general practitioners (GPs) and one, Dr. Priscilla, is a specialist in Ob/Gyn. Several clinical officers are on staff, as well as a radiographer, three anesthetists, and a lab technician. A nursing school abuts the hospital, and nursing students are visibly active in the wards. There are plans to open a midwife training program as well.

Virika Hospital has a colonial-style layout with a maximum bed capacity of 205. It is divided into male and female medical wards, surgical ward, maternity, and pediatrics. An outpatient department sees most chronic care and primary care cases. An antenatal clinic (staffed by Dr. Priscilla) sees expectant mothers and a separate antenatal clinic across the street from the hospital cares for HIV-infected mothers. That area also provides continuity care for HIV-infected patients, and is staffed by a clinical officer, nurses, and pharmacy technicians.