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

3 Steve Huffman, MD 862 Buckeye Court Tipp City, Ohio 45371 Email: shuffman39@hotmail.com Phone (937) 667-1877

4 Places I have practiced: San Juan Medical Clinic, Dominican Republic San Juan Medical Clinic, Dominican Republic Spanishtown Hospital, Jamaica Spanishtown Hospital, Jamaica Regency Rainbow, Regency Cruise Line, Inside Passage, Alaska/Canada Regency Rainbow, Regency Cruise Line, Inside Passage, Alaska/Canada St. Jude’s Hospital, St. Lucia, West Indies St. Jude’s Hospital, St. Lucia, West Indies Tully Hospital, Queensland, Australia Tully Hospital, Queensland, Australia

5 Places I have practiced: Chubu Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, Visiting Professor Chubu Hospital, Okinawa, Japan, Visiting Professor Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix, US Virgin Island Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, St. Croix, US Virgin Island St. Elizabeth/ St. Martin de Porre Hospital, Cameron Africa St. Elizabeth/ St. Martin de Porre Hospital, Cameron Africa King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, Bermuda King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, Bermuda

6 Places I have practiced: University of Guadalaraja School of Medicine - Visiting Professor University of Guadalaraja School of Medicine - Visiting Professor Cat Cay Island, Bahamas Private Island Physician Cat Cay Island, Bahamas Private Island Physician Where to next: Roy L. Schneider Hospital – St. Thomas Roy L. Schneider Hospital – St. Thomas St. George’s Medical School, Grenada St. George’s Medical School, Grenada

7 Questions to Answer Who? Who? How? How? When? When? Why? Why? What? What? Where? Where?

8 Who/When? Residents/Students Residents/Students –First year –Second Year –Third Year –Fourth Year –Resident

9 What is the Big ‘M’ Today? MissionMoneyMe

10 Why? Prepare for service after Medical School/Residency Prepare for service after Medical School/Residency Educational Educational Service to others Service to others Evangelistic Evangelistic Change of life style Change of life style Adventure Adventure Find one’s self Find one’s self See the world See the world

11 Why? Great Experience – no Residents or other medical students Great Experience – no Residents or other medical students Tropical Medicine Tropical Medicine Different presentations of disease states Different presentations of disease states Different medical environment/culture Different medical environment/culture

12 Web Sites www.cfhi.org www.cfhi.org –Child Family Health International www.imva.org www.imva.org –International Medical Volunteer Association www.amsa.org www.amsa.org –American Medical Student Association www.ifmsa.org www.ifmsa-usa.org www.ifmsa.org www.ifmsa-usa.org –International Federation of Medical Student Associations www.ihmec.org www.ihmec.org –International Health Medical Education Consortium www.who.int www.who.int –World Health Organization

13 Web Sites www.medicstravel.co.uk www.medicstravel.co.uk –Medics Travel www.ifmsa-usa.org www.ifmsa-usa.org –International Federation of Medical Students Association www.vanterventures.com www.vanterventures.com –Disney Cruise Ship Physician www.astmh.org www.astmh.org –American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene www. Family.mcw.edu/belize www. Family.mcw.edu/belize –University of Wisconsin- Department of Family Practice www.uchsc.edu/international www.uchsc.edu/international –University of Colorado School of Medicine

14 Where? Third World Third World Under-served areas Under-served areas Caribbean/Latin America Caribbean/Latin America Africa, Eastern Europe Africa, Eastern Europe Cruise Ship/ Resort Medicine Cruise Ship/ Resort Medicine Public Health Service Public Health Service Indian Health Service Indian Health Service

15 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

16 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

17 What? Primary Care Primary Care Surgical Surgical Research Research

18 Elective Credit Research what department will give you credit for your experience at your school Research what department will give you credit for your experience at your school Requirements Requirements –Goals –Objective –Research –Case Studies –Written Report –Presentation

19 Additional Reading Jesus, MD A Doctor Examines the Great Physician; by David Stevens, 2001 Jesus, MD A Doctor Examines the Great Physician; by David Stevens, 2001 JAMA, August 7, 2002, Vol 288, No. 5 pages 559-565 JAMA, August 7, 2002, Vol 288, No. 5 pages 559-565 Where There is No Doctor; by Dr. David Werner, 1992 Where There is No Doctor; by Dr. David Werner, 1992

20 Funding www.amsa.org/resource/amsarc/ creative/creative.cfm www.amsa.org/resource/amsarc/ creative/creative.cfm www.depts.washington.edu/ihg www.depts.washington.edu/ihg www.map.org www.map.org Local church Local church Medical School Organizations Medical School Organizations School Loans School Loans

21 What? Things to Consider Credit from Medical School/Residency Credit from Medical School/Residency Visa Visa Travel Plans Travel Plans Immunizations/Malaria prophylactic Immunizations/Malaria prophylactic Personal/Family Safety/Political Situation Personal/Family Safety/Political Situation

22 What? Things to Consider Accommodations Accommodations Cost/Fund Raising Cost/Fund Raising Language Language Duty/Responsibility Duty/Responsibility Communications Communications Insurance Insurance Experience of Others Experience of Others

23 Unique Requirements Singapore - record temperature Singapore - record temperature Bermuda – nose culture for MSRSA Bermuda – nose culture for MSRSA South Africa – Student Visa $250US South Africa – Student Visa $250US Jamaica – Gov. Employee – Preceptor Jamaica – Gov. Employee – Preceptor Australia - Immunizations Australia - Immunizations

24 International Residency Programs Family Practice 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

25 International Residency Programs Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine –Brown University –John Hopkins University –Loma Linda University –University of Illinois at Chicago –Medical College of Georgia

26 International Residency Programs Internal Medicine Internal Medicine –Brown University –Case Western Reserve University –Duke University –Indiana University –Yale Internal Medicine/Primary Care Medicine –Tulane University

27 International Residency Programs Pediatrics Pediatrics –Case Western Reserve University

28 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. Leonardo da Vinci

29 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet One to three year before departure 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

30 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet 8 months before departure 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

31 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet 6 months before departure 6 months before departure –Identify housing, food services, and travel arrangements –Immunizations including HBV, HAV, Tetanus, MMR, Polio, country specific –Passport and Visa application

32 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet 3 months before departure 3 months before departure –Fundraiser –Language skills –Contingency plan for last minute changes –Identify specific role, daily schedule

33 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet 2 weeks before departure 2 weeks before departure –Confirm all travel plans, accommodations, in country travel –Final packing –Give family/friends communication information –Start malaria prophylactic if needed

34 International Medical Opportunity Time Sheet One month after return 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

35 Questions Steve Huffman, MD 862 Buckeye Court Tipp City, Ohio 45371 Ph. 937-667-1877 Email: shuffman39@hotmail.com

36 To purchase the book “How to Find and Select an International Medical Elective” Send $17.50 made out to Steve Huffman ($15. + 2.50 for Postage and Handling) Book Elective 862 Buckeye Court Tipp City, Ohio 45371


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