Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

2010-2011 Elective Catalog


Department: Family & Community Medicine

 

Title:

Honduras Global Mission Trip (WPI)*

Course Number:

15503

Course Type:

Traditional

Description:

This elective is designed for students who will participate in the one-week long mission trip to rural Honduras through the Global Medical Brigades (GMB) group. This will be a group trip of SIU Medical Students to occur on a date pre-arranged with GMB working with the local organization, Sociedad Amigos de los Ninos, centered at Tegucigalpa, the capitol of Honduras. While in Honduras, students will triage patients, perform H&Ps, assist attendings with procedures, manage/distribute pharmaceuticals, and educate patients with a focus on public health needs.

**SPECIAL NOTE:
1. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE OFFICIALLY ENROLLED UNTIL APPROVED BY THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS.
2. Travel to this country may be canceled subject to University Policy
3. Year four students receive priority.
4. Year three students are not eligible unless it falls into Y3 Option Period.

Objectives:

1. Provide an opportunity for a group of students to travel abroad on a SIU School of Medicine group mission trip that returns to the same location annually.
2. Provide an opportunity for students to learn about hepatitis, dengue fever, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, malnutrition, Chaga Disease, and other relevant medical conditions in Honduras.
3. Increase a student's ability to educate patients about medical conditions specific to their geographic location and culture.
4. Provide an opportunity for students to provide healthcare at an international level in a low-technology environment.
5. Provide an opportunity for students to communicate effectively with patients in their local language, specifically in regards to medical terminology.
6. Provide an opportunity for students to begin to understand the Honduras health system.

Evaluation:

Student's evaluation will be based on:
1. Participation in needed clinical and public health activities while in Honduras
2. Submission of a brief written (2-page) summary of the most interesting case in which the student was involved while in Honduras.
3. Presentation of their experience to a group of faculty and/or students.
4. Maintenance of Patient Logbook

Prerequisites:

*WPI (With Permission of Instuctor) faculty approval required to enroll
*Student is responsible for her/his individual travel expenses.
*Completion of orientation with Dr. Constance SIX WEEKS ahead of time as required for all mission trip electives (this would involve completion of required documents, travel insurance, immunizations, etc.).

Faculty Responsible for Elective:

Tracey Smith

Telephone:

(217-545-2200

E-mail:
tsmith@siumed.edu

Additional Faculty:

Steve Verhulst, PhD
Jerry Kruse, MD
Amber Barnhart, MD

Enrollment:

Minimum:   15

Maximum:   40

Schedule:

Full Time  1 week

Credit Hours:

Minimum:   1

Maximum:   1

 

Week(s) Elective Offered*:

Week 39: 03/28/11

*Check with the Registrar to determine availability of elective.

 

Contact Us:

Chris Reavis, MS  (Curriculum Information)
Jean Afflerbach (Web Page)

Last Updated 01/02/2014
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