Medicine in Argentina Alternative Spring Break Trip
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- Placement location: Cordoba
- Role: To gain meaningful medical experience alongside skilled local doctors
- Requirements: None
- Accommodation: Host Family
- Arrival Airport: Cordoba (COR)
- Local Languages: Spanish
The Medicine in Argentina Alternative Spring Break Trip gives you the opportunity to observe the medical profession first hand in a developing country. Argentina shares many similarities to Europe and North America and the modern techniques used in hospitals will be relevant to students pursuing a career in the field of medicine and healthcare.
Based at a hospital in Cordoba, you will spend the week shadowing local doctors and attending medical workshops, which will expose you to many aspects of professional medicine in practice. You will also have the chance to do practical work on an outreach, teaching children about dental hygiene. In addition, the program features a visit to an anatomy museum, a dissection class, and a medical Spanish lesson.
While you do not need to have previous medical experience to participate, this project is best for pre-med students building a resume for medical school and those studying health care fields such as nursing and community health who want to volunteer in a Spanish-language environment.
During your time abroad in Argentina, you will live with a local host family. They will teach you about the culture and will happily chat to you in Spanish if you want to practice. Projects Abroad staff will organize fun activities in the evenings, where you can socialize with the other volunteers. You will also have free time to explore the city.
Bright and early, we made our way to the hospital to meet the doctor we were to be shadowing. That day there were multiple surgeries we were able to scrub in on and watch. To me, a very visual learner, this was the best experience I could have gained. After the surgeries, I was able to work with some medical students. They were so willing to teach me and patient with my complete and total lack of Spanish. They brought me to the ER where I got to watch stitches, cast applications and removals, and other simple procedures. Read more...