How to Find and Select an International Medical Elective Stephen A. Huffman, MD

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How to Find and Select
an International
Medical Elective
Stephen A. Huffman, MD
Steve Huffman, MD
862 Buckeye Court
Tipp City, Ohio 45371
Email:
[email protected]
Phone (937) 667-1877
Places I have practiced:
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San Juan Medical Clinic, Dominican
Republic
Spanishtown Hospital, Jamaica
Regency Rainbow, Regency Cruise Line,
Inside Passage, Alaska/Canada
St. Jude’s Hospital, St. Lucia, West Indies
Tully Hospital, Queensland, Australia
Places I have practiced:
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Chubu Hospital, Okinawa, Japan,
Visiting Professor
Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix,
US Virgin Island
St. Elizabeth/ St. Martin de Porre
Hospital, Cameron Africa
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital,
Hamilton, Bermuda
Places I have practiced:
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University of Guadalaraja School of
Medicine - Visiting Professor
Cat Cay Island, Bahamas Private
Island Physician
Where to next:
Roy L. Schneider Hospital – St.
Thomas
St. George’s Medical School, Grenada
Questions to Answer
Who?
Why?
How?
What?
When?
Where?
Who/When?
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Residents/Students
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First year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Resident
What is the Big ‘M’
Today?
Mission
Money
Me
Why?
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Prepare for service after
Medical School/Residency
Educational
Service to others
Evangelistic
Change of life style
Adventure
Find one’s self
See the world
Why?
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Great Experience –
no Residents or
other medical
students
Tropical Medicine
Different
presentations of
disease states
Different medical
environment/culture
Web Sites
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www.cfhi.org
– Child Family Health International
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www.imva.org
– International Medical Volunteer Association
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www.amsa.org
– American Medical Student Association
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www.ifmsa.org
www.ifmsa-usa.org
– International Federation of Medical Student Associations
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www.ihmec.org
– International Health Medical Education Consortium
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www.who.int
– World Health Organization
Web Sites
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www.medicstravel.co.uk
– Medics Travel
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www.ifmsa-usa.org
– International Federation of Medical Students Association
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www.vanterventures.com
– Disney Cruise Ship Physician
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www.astmh.org
– American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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www. Family.mcw.edu/belize
– University of Wisconsin- Department of Family Practice
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www.uchsc.edu/international
– University of Colorado School of Medicine
Where?
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Third World
Under-served areas
Caribbean/Latin
America
Africa, Eastern Europe
Cruise Ship/ Resort
Medicine
Public Health Service
Indian Health Service
Twenty years from now you
will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do
than by the ones you did.
So, throw off the bowlines,
sail away from the safe
harbor, catch the trade
winds in your sails.
Mark Twain
International Health in the
Developing World:
Clinical and Community Care
University of Arizona summer course
2 weeks every summer, optional 2
weeks abroad
Contact:
The University of Arizona, College of Medicine
Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
PO Box 245052
Tucson, AZ 85724
www.globalhealth.arizona.edu
What?
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Primary Care
Surgical
Research
Elective Credit
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Research what department
will give you credit for your
experience at your school
Requirements
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Goals
Objective
Research
Case Studies
Written Report
Presentation
Additional Reading
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Jesus, MD A Doctor Examines the
Great Physician; by David Stevens,
2001
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JAMA, August 7, 2002, Vol 288, No. 5
pages 559-565
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Where There is No Doctor; by Dr.
David Werner, 1992
Funding
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www.amsa.org/resource/amsarc/
creative/creative.cfm
www.depts.washington.edu/ihg
www.map.org
Local church
Medical School Organizations
School Loans
What? Things to Consider
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Credit from Medical School/Residency
Visa
Travel Plans
Immunizations/Malaria prophylactic
Personal/Family Safety/Political
Situation
What? Things to Consider
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Accommodations
Cost/Fund Raising
Language
Duty/Responsibility
Communications
Insurance
Experience of
Others
Unique Requirements
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Singapore - record temperature
Bermuda – nose culture for MSRSA
South Africa – Student Visa $250US
Jamaica – Gov. Employee – Preceptor
Australia - Immunizations
International Residency
Programs
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Family Practice
– University of Cincinnati
– Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals
– Marshall University School of Medicine
– University of Arizona
– Baylor College of Medicine
– St. Joseph’s Family Prac. Residency, South
Bend, Indiana
International Residency
Programs
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Emergency Medicine
– Brown University
– John Hopkins University
– Loma Linda University
– University of Illinois at Chicago
– Medical College of Georgia
International Residency
Programs
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Internal Medicine
– Brown University
– Case Western Reserve University
– Duke University
– Indiana University
– Yale Internal Medicine/Primary Care Medicine
– Tulane University
International Residency
Programs
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Pediatrics
– Case Western
Reserve University
Leonardo da Vinci
It is good plan, every
now and then, to go
away and have a little
relaxation; for when
you come back to
work your judgment
will be surer; since to
remain constantly at
work will cause you to
lose the power of
judgment.
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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One to three year before
departure
– Letters of inquire for need
or current program in place
to area, country, or
organization you are
interested in
– Identify and engage
funding sources
– Identify available time and
duration
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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8 months before departure
– Learn about medical needs, specific
disease processes
– Identify and start to collect needed
medical and pharmaceutical supplies
– Clearance for customs by host for
supplies
– Apply for CME/CUE
– Approval from appropriate person at the
medical school
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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6 months before
departure
– Identify housing, food
services, and travel
arrangements
– Immunizations including
HBV, HAV, Tetanus, MMR,
Polio, country specific
– Passport and Visa
application
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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3 months before
departure
– Fundraiser
– Language skills
– Contingency plan
for last minute
changes
– Identify specific
role, daily schedule
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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2 weeks before
departure
– Confirm all travel plans,
accommodations, in
country travel
– Final packing
– Give family/friends
communication
information
– Start malaria
prophylactic if needed
International Medical
Opportunity Time Sheet
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One month after return
– Confirm all necessary requirements for credit
– Write thank you and follow up letters to your
host
– Thank you letter and a note outlining your
trip to the medical school and to everyone
that donated supplies, money, or assisted in
any way
– Start making plan for next trip
Questions
Steve Huffman, MD
862 Buckeye Court
Tipp City, Ohio 45371
Ph. 937-667-1877
Email: [email protected]
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