Residency training in developing nations: An international elective for USphysicians in training

Citation
Tj. Nuckton et al., Residency training in developing nations: An international elective for USphysicians in training, TEACH L MED, 11(4), 1999, pp. 207-213
Citations number
33
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1040-1334 → ACNP
Volume
11
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
207 - 213
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-1334(199923)11:4<207:RTIDNA>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
Background: We propose several advantages for residents who experience elec tive rotations in developing nations. Residents participating in these elec tives are exposed to different cultures and see pathology not commonly foun d in their host nations. We describe the structure of such an elective prog ram for pediatrics, combined medical/pediatrics and internal medicine physi cians in training. Description: Residents rotated through 2 clinic sites: the Behrhorst Develo pment Foundation in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, and the San Ignacio Clinic an d Hospital in San Ignacio, Belize. Residents kept a log of patients and pat hology encountered while undergoing the elective. They also recorded additi onal data to be used to describe their experiences. Evaluation: A total of 803 patients were seen by 3 visiting residents in 2 different countries. Residents encountered a wide range of medical problems including 10 different species of parasites. Conclusions: International electives are a feasible part of residency train ing. Residents participating in these experiences gain exposure to disease processes not found in their host countries. It is hoped that a greater und erstanding of medical humanism can result from such experiences.