Overview of Clinics:
- Health Education and Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL) – Honduras
- Dharamsala Clinics – India
- Nepal Clinical Internship (NCI) – Nepal
1. Health Education and Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL) – Honduras
formerly known as Roatan Clinical and Public Health Internship
Founded by Dr. Jennifer Miller, through one-month to three-month internships, Roatan Clinical and Public Health Internship participants learn about pediatric medicine and public health firsthand by working alongside American and Honduran doctors, residents, medical students, nurses, and other health care workers on the island of Roatan, Honduras.
Weekday mornings are dedicated to working in the Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic (PVPC), an outpatient clinic located in the Roatan Public Hospital and run by Global Healing, a non-profit organization based out of Oakland, California. The students intern serves as Clinic Coordinator, locating resources (i.e. meds, specialty referrals, etc.) for patients, helping them through the logistics of utilizing these resources (i.e. locating funding for trips to the mainland for follow-up care), and notifying the volunteer physicians in the clinic about existing resources. Interns work with long-term patients individually, coordinating care among many health care providers and locating resources where there may not seem to be many. Students also administer a public health survey created by our undergraduate and medical volunteers to provide the clinic with more comprehensive information about the characteristics and needs of the patient population.
Working alongside volunteer physicians from the United States in this unique clinical setting will provide students with the unique opportunity to learn from the physicians’ struggle to hone the skills they learned at home to the utilize the resources at hand.
After mornings in the clinic, HEAL interns schedule their afternoons to work with local community health workers on projects according to their personal interests and the local needs at the time of the internship. Opportunities include: interning in a local HIV outreach clinic, volunteering in private family medicine clinics run by Honduran physicians and missionaries, working with local public health groups to train community health volunteers, and carrying out other individual public health projects or research.
In February of 2001, this internship became an official Global Healing internship under the Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic and is now called the HEAL Student Internship. The SCOPE program supports the efforts of students to educate about medicine, but is not formally linked to the Roatan internship program.
2. Dharamsala Clinic – India
The Dharamsala Clinic, an India Clinical Internship, is a Be a Good Doctor Program through the Courage Project. Successfully pioneered by Dr. Michael McCullough and directed by Harjus Birk in the summer of 2010, this clinical internship at the Tibetan Delek Hospital is unique in that the clinic serves Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, yet its location in India generates a platform in which cross-cultural healthcare can be analyzed. Student interns will work in the Tibetan Delek Hospital in Dharamsala, India. The main responsibilities will be to establish the groundwork for future interns, while gaining clinical experience in the hospital, which serves a Tibetan refugee population. Interns will also help promote the advancement of the Ambulance Corps program at the Tibetan Delek Hospital since emergency cases are widespread in the area, and interns also have the chance to initiate individual projects that may lead to thesis work. Positions are available throughout the year and during the summer, for a period of 2 weeks to 2 months. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please e-mail Harjus Burk for inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Nepal Clinical Internship (NCI) – Nepal
NCI is a Stanford-based student organization that offers undergraduate, graduate and medical students the opportunity to undertake clinical internships in Nepal. Through the internship experience, NCI enables students to evaluate their interest in medicine, develop skills to treat patients, and gain a broader understanding of healthcare around the world. In exchange, NCI assists Kanti Children’s Hospital and Manipal Hospital, the Nepalese hospitals that sponsor our program, by 1) sending interns abroad to help with the lack of manpower and 2) collecting student tuition to fund purchases of medicine. NCI also hopes to establish a cross-cultural exchange between the U.S. and Nepal and spark long-term passion and commitment to improving healthcare in developing countries.
To alleviate the healthcare problems in Nepal, NCI’s internship program was created three years ago under the guidance of Dr. Michael McCullough of Stanford Medical Center and Dr. Bishop Joshi of Kanti Children’s Hospital. Co-founded by Dr. Elizabeth Kwo (then an undergraduate at Stanford) and Dr. Michael McCullough, the program ranges from three weeks to two months, and allows students to volunteer at Kanti Children’s Hospital as well as gain medical knowledge by attending seminars at Manipal’s medical school.
What We’ve Accomplished
- Operated seven sessions over the last three years, sending a total of 76 students to Nepal
- Served the student population of numerous universities, including Stanford University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Mt. Holyoke College
- Saved over 50 lives and improved the quality of life for hundreds of patients through the provision of medicine and manpower hours to Kanti Children’s Hospital and Manipal Medical Program
- Raised approximately $4,500 in tuition to purchase medicine for Nepalese patients
- Provided over 3,000 hours in volunteer service and interacted with 1,200 patients
- Catalyzed numerous other healthcare and Nepal-related programs, including a children’s book, toys and clothing drive for children in Nepal, and distribution of healthcare books related to home remedies and family planning