Child Family Health International (CFHI) Argentina: Primary Care & Social Medicine

Cordoba | Argentina

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NEW! Interns will rotate in a variety of clinics and hospitals and witness government efforts to provide care to a large percentage of the population without health insurance. Possible clinical opportunities include rotations in pediatrics, ophthalmology, dentistry, psychology and social services. Additional opportunities in public health outreach and education campaigns available. This is a chance to increase your global health experience and visit a wonderful country.

About the Organization

Founded in 1992 by Dr. Evaleen Jones, Child Family Health International offers educational and community health programs at 20+ sites in 6 countries. To date, their programs have 7000+ alumni from 35 countries.

IE3 works in partnership with CFHI to provide superior programs to students studying pre-medicine, pre-nursing and other health-related fields. The CFHI/IE3 combination program provides students with all of the benefits of IE3 program participation, as well as in-country support and guidance from CFHI.

This primary care and social medicine program is located in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina. In 2001 Argentina experienced the worst economic collapse of its history. Since then, there has been a concerted effort to provide care to those without insurance through a decentralized safety-net of primary and secondary clinics and hospitals. As a result, a huge shift in public health policy in Argentina during the last 10 years has meant more funds have been designated towards the public healthcare system, resulting in the increase of access, services and quality. This program provides interns with the opportunity to rotate in a variety of clinics and hospitals and witness government efforts to provide care to a large percentage of the population without health insurance. Participants will partake in daily care of patients with family care practitioners. There may also be opportunities to take part in clinical rotations in other departments such as pediatrics, ophthalmology, dentistry, psychology and social services. This is a chance to increase your global health experience and visit a wonderful country.

Besides clinical services, public health outreach and education campaigns have increased. These are conducted primary and secondary healthcare centers. Participants may have the opportunity to take part in public health education campaigns such as diabetes education, exercise classes for retirees, sexual health education in local high schools, etc.

Job Description

CFHI's rotations are designed to offer you clinical and observational experiences relevant to your level of medical education. The following hospitals and clinics are a sample of possible rotations during this program - rotation availability depends on local conditions. CFHI is a global health ethics leader; as such their programs uphold strict standards and comply with all local laws which may prevent foreigners from directly providing healthcare services. Your experience may be predominantly observational depending on your previous clinical training, Spanish level, and the relationship with your preceptor. Most importantly YOU are the most important factor in making the your experience as fulfilling as possible by being respectful, inquisitive, and open to the wide variety of learning experiences which you will encounter.

Dispensario Bialet Masse: Primary healthcare center located in the town of Bailet Masse (10,000 inhabitants), open from 7 am to 8 pm, offers various services in two shifts (AM and PM) such as family medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, ob/gyn, cardiology, ophthalmology and nutrition services. Some services are only available two days a week (cardiology, ophthalmology). These healthcare centers have strong ties to the community and are run by the local government. They have weekly lectures about various health related topics (nutrition, exercise classes). These are part of a national strategy directed by the Ministry of Health called "Programa Nacional de Municipios y Comunidades Saludables" (National Program of Healthy Communities)

Hospital Cosquin: Secondary hospital in the town of Cosquin. Called "Hospitalito" by the locals (small little hospital). Provides basic primary care services, emergency room, X-rays, dentistry, ophthalmology, pediatrics and ob/gyn. Patients that need hospitalization are referred to the main hospital in the valley, called Hospital Funes, which is about 8 kilometers (4 miles) away. There are also 4 primary healthcare centers in Cosquin.

Dispensario Tanti: A primary healthcare clinic offering similar services to the Dispensario in Bialet Masse. They also have a public health program where, once a week, a team of doctors, along with social workers and psychologist travel to far away communities in the mountains about 25 km from Tanti.

# of Positions per term

2-6

Start Dates

Winter 2015: Jan 3 - March 14; Spring 2015: March 28 - June 6; Summer 2015: July 4 - Sept 12; Fall 2015: Sept 26 - Dec 5

Duration of Internship

10 weeks

Academic Background

Undergraduates considering or graduates currently studying public health and/or policy, psychology, social services, nursing and medicine.

Skills/Experience

Experience in a medical setting (this may include volunteer work of shadowing experience).

Language Ability

CFHI requests that applicants are either conversant or fluent in Spanish and defines each as follows:

Conversant Spanish- You can interact with a degree of comfort with locals. You can easily describe experiences and events in the present/past tense and have some knowledge of other tenses.

Fluent Spanish- You can understand virtually everything heard with ease. You can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. You can easily use a variety of grammar tenses.

Other Requirements

Previous international travel/study/work experience preferred.

Total costs vary depending on how long you plan to be abroad, where you will be living, your personal spending habits, and current exchange rates. The following estimates will give you a ballpark figure for this internship. Get help with the math from our handy Cost Calculator and currency converter.
ALL ESTIMATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

IE3 Program Fee

The IE3 program fee is $3450 for the first term for both in-state and out-of-state students and $1000 for each additional term. This fee includes up to 12 credits per term, and is charged in lieu of tuition. Visit your University's IE3 page for details regarding campus administrative fees.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

Expense Type Price
Host Site Fees

$5410 (includes room and two meals/day)

International Travel $1200 - $1600
Visa Fees $160*
Recommended Immunizations $200

*See Additional Cost Information below.

Estimated Monthly Expenses

Expense Type Price/month
Housing Included in host site fees
Food $150
Local Transportation $100
Recreation $100
Personal Expenses $100

Compensation

None.

Additional Expense Information

Visa Costs: The Argentine government currently requires U.S. citizens to pay a reciprocity fee before entering the country. This fee must be paid online and the receipt printed to present to an Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry. Please consult the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website for up-to-date information as fees and requirements are subject to change.

Argentina, located at the tip of South America, is the second largest country in Latin America and world-famous for its European inspired cities, tourist sites and gastronomy. In 2001 Argentina experienced the worst economic collapse of its history, yet since then the country has been on a path to economic growth and social inclusion. Due to the economic troubles many people were left without work and health insurance. Since 2001, there has been a concerted effort to provide care to those without insurance through a decentralized safety-net of primary and secondary clinics and hospitals.

To learn more, visit CFHI's website.