University of California, Irvine

Contact Information

University of California, Irvine
101 The City Drive South, Rt 81
Orange, CA 92868

Description of Program

The elective is for a senior resident with fluency in Spanish to work alongside the attending family physician at Hospital San Carlos in Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico. The hospital serves a mostly impoverished indigenous Mayan population living in surrounding communities. The elective is arranged through the international humanitarian relief organization Doctors of the World (DOW).

Location(s) of program: Hospital San Carlos, Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico

Description of field experience: Duration of the elective is from two to four weeks. Goals and objectives of the elective are to gain exposure to working in a resource-poor setting and to treat patients with tropical, infectious, and other diseases, such as Chagas cardiomyopathy, malaria, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, intestinal parasites, and malnutrition. The resident may be on call approximately once a week, and is expected to work two weeks straight, after which he or she will have a weekend off.

Description of didactics: The resident will attend staff meetings with Mexican colleagues, during which clinical issues or journal articles are discussed. He or she should be prepared to give a short talk, in Spanish, on a relevant topic.

Cost to individual resident: Airfare to and from Mexico (Tuxtla-Gutierrez), room and board ($100 for 2 wks, $200 for 4 wks), and other expenses.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 2

Description of faculty involvement: Direct supervision of resident in outpatient or inpatient setting.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? No

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? Yes

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: September or April (usually 4 weeks).

Who to contact if interested in applying:

Emily Dow, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
(714) 456-5171