INTERNAL MEDICINE

I felt that the most valuable activities for the institution were the formal didactic lectures and “chalk board” talks I gave. These lectures provided an academic structure to the clinical day, and ensured that the residents and trainees were getting a complete and modern medical education to complement their clinical experience.

-HVO Internal Medicine Volunteer to Cambodia

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

There are multiple steps to the placement process and often more than one approval is required. The process varies slightly from country-to-country and project-to-project. We strive to make this process as quick as possible but potential volunteers should be aware that final approval can take several months.

 

ACTIVE PROJECTS

Thimphu, Bhutan – National Referral Hospital and Royal Institute of Health Sciences (RIHS)
Volunteers provide training in general medicine, sub-specialty areas and continuing education to staff at the National Referral Hospital. They also work with faculty at the RIHS to train health assistants and nursing students through seminars, lectures (sit-down and on ward), physical exam training and patient evaluations.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – nephrology, gastroenterology, neurology & cardiology

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine or family practice; currently accepting only nephrologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, and repeat volunteers

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Kampot, Cambodia – Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital (SKMH)
HVO volunteers work with physicians at SKMH to improve their skills and knowledge through hands-on practical training, lectures and clinical instruction.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; endocrinology (diabetes), cardiology & pulmonology of particular interest; emergency medicine – all topics; gynecology – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in specialty

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope
Volunteers improve the education of local physicians by providing medical lectures and clinical instruction.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; endocrinology (diabetes), cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology & pulmonology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; assistance and information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

San Jose, Costa Rica – San Juan de Dios Hospital, the Hospital Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, & Mexico Hospital
HVO volunteers will provide training to residents through didactic training, ward rounds, and bedside training, as well as educate residents through lectures on various topics chosen in partnership with on-site personnel. Volunteers will also work with faculty to improve teaching skills, provide guidance and mentoring to residency program directors, and guide both residents and hospital staff in clinical investigation projects and biostatistics research. Volunteers may work at more than one hospital during their assignment.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; endocrinology (diabetes), cardiology, neurology, infectious disease, rheumatology, gastroenterology & pulmonology of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified academicians; current license to practice (active or retired); sub-specialists needed; experienced volunteers preferred; fluency in Spanish required

Activities: Case presentations, continuing education, clinical training, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring, research advising

Housing: Volunteer responsible for housing; information on nearby facilities provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Georgetown, Guyana – Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)
HVO volunteers will contribute to the ongoing improvement of the GPHC internal medicine residency-training program.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Yes. Those in their last year of sub-specialty training.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified internists, internal medicine sub-specialists or those in their last year of sub-specialty training.

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, curriculum development, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, mentoring

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Bangalore, India – Bangalore Baptist Hospital
Project goals are to provide medical education to internal medicine residents, nursing students, and special health education programs for the local community. Daily schedules include accompanying attending and house staff on rounds, participating in bedside teaching and discussion, and lectures.

Assignment: 2-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics; neurology, infectious disease, pulmonology, critical care, hematology & AIDS education of particular interest

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final Year Residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; current license to practice; several years of experience preferred

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, health education material development, mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Tansen, Nepal – Lumbini Medical College (LMC)
HVO volunteers will improve knowledge and skills of LMC medical students through didactic lectures and clinical instruction. Volunteers will also work with LMC personnel to improve the quality of patient care and patient education by implementing clinical care pathways and assisting in program development and training of LMC personnel on community based education initiatives.

Assignment: 3-4 weeks

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: No.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified; several years of experience preferred

Activities: Clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, education material development, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, health education material development, mentoring, protocol development

Housing: Housing is provided.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; not suitable for children

 

Kampala, Uganda – Mulago Hospital
Volunteers provide training for the faculty in the Department of Medicine. Bedside teaching rounds, mentoring trainees on outpatient rounds, lectures for faculty and medical students are aspects of the program.  This project offers an ideal opportunity for both generalists and sub-specialists.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine; clinical teaching experience and/or several years of clinical practice preferred

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

 

Mbarara, Uganda – Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Volunteers improve the quality of care offered through the internal medicine department by educating clinician-educators on a variety of topics through rounds, lectures and clinical instruction.  Volunteers are assigned to either the Immune Suppression (AIDS) Clinic or the medical wards.

Assignment: 1 month

Teaching Topics: Internal medicine – all topics

Opportunities for Those-in-Training: Final year residents accepted if paired with an appropriate preceptor.

Qualifications: Board eligible/certified in internal medicine; clinical teaching experience and/or several years of clinical practice preferred

Activities: Case presentations, clinical training, continuing education, didactic instruction, faculty/staff training, formal lecturing, grand rounds, mentoring

Housing: Housing provided for a reasonable fee.

Companions: Suitable for companion/spouse; suitable for children

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