Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Quito, Ecuador
- Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
As first year medical students, we travelled to Ecuador for six weeks in 2015. We learned about social, economic, and political factors impacting healthcare in rural and urban Ecuador. Now as fourth year medical students completing the Penn State College of Medicine Global Health Scholars Program four-year longitudinal curriculum, we look forward to serving the communities surrounding Quito by partnering with the Sexual and Reproductive Health NGO and working in a community health clinic.
In 1998, Ecuador became one of the few Latin American countries to explicitly guarantee sexual and reproductive health rights to all citizens. At that time, both federal and state ministries turned to local nonprofits to carry out education and outreach to communities. These non-profits used their expertise and close community ties to drive their community outreach. One of these organizations, the Sexual and Reproductive Health NGO, began its work in 1973 with a mission to offer free and low cost family planning services to women, with 50% of services provided to adults under age 25. Clinics provide gynecological, pre-natal, counseling and family planning services (IUDs, contraceptive implants, pap smears, monthly check ups, STDs testing). This NGO also runs a "Youth Health Promoter Program" which mentors youth leaders to be health promoters and educators, raising awareness amongst their peers about STD prevention, family planning and contraception, and health and counseling services.
This opportunity to partner with a NGO, as well as our work in the community clinic, will provide us with the unique experience to approach issues of sexual and reproductive health from a public health perspective. This opportunity will expand our medical education by adding another perspective on women's health to our experiences as we prepare for residencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family and Community Medicine. Each week, students are paired with one attending physician who will provide verbal and written feedback and a final evaluation during this rotation.
Upon return from Ecuador, we will record our advice to future students relating to travel, money, travel, safety, etc. in the Ecuador site program manual created in 2014. This manual was most recently updated in spring 2017 when two students completed 4th year electives in Ecuador.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - information regarding housing is not available at this time.
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact the program coordinator, Jeanne Laicha.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring- Embedded||2017||03/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring- Embedded||2018||08/22/2017 **||Rolling Admission||01/26/2018||02/24/2018|
|NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader Jeanne Laicha by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for this embedded program|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed