UC Davis Quarter Abroad Mexico


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Info Session: 3/12/18, 11:30am
International Center 3130 
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Latinx Health Internship Program in Oaxaca

On Location

Students will reside with families in Oaxaca, organized through Child Family Health International (CFHI-UCD Oaxaca Program) during the program dates. Accommodation includes 2 meals per day (breakfast and a late lunch) in addition to a single room. The student provides their own toiletries. The homestays will be centrally located to facilitate public transportation to classes and internship rotations. While in Puerto Escondido students stay at a hostel/hotel type of housing, sharing rooms (2 to 3 per room). Air conditioning is not included in the price. Two meals a day are provided.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.

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Students will be provided with two meals a day both in Oaxaca with their homestays and in Puerto Escondido.

Clinical Rotations

Students will participate in clinical rotations three times per week. Rotation sites include:

Primary Healthcare Centers

These clinics provide services including health education and promotion, diagnosis and treatment of disease, prenatal care and family planning, and primary care services including vaccinations and well child checkups. Participants will join physicians and local nurses to educate the local population about chronic conditions and infectious diseases. The facilities also offer vaccinations, pap smears, and cancer screenings.

General Government Hospital

This teaching hospital provides primary, secondary, and tertiary care at low cost. Students will rotate alongside Mexican medical students and residents in OB/GYN, pediatrics, surgery, and emergency wards. They will participate in morning rounds, general consults, and follow-up treatment.

Government Social Security Hospital

The facility provides secondary and tertiary care for state workers, including school teachers and their family members. Students will take part in rounds in surgery, OB/GYN, and emergency units. The facility has a strong surgical department and staffs are eager to mentor students.

Traditional Medicine Clinic

The clinic focuses on traditional medicine from eastern and western cultures. The main preceptor is a doctor trained in holistic medicine and nutrition. Students will learn how acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies are used to treat common ailments.

Red Cross Clinic

The clinic handles urgent care cases like broken bones, lacerations, and accidents. More serious cases are stabilized and transferred to a nearby hospital. Students will shadow physicians and residents, and learn emergency room techniques and procedures during down times.

Excursions and Day Trips

Students will get the opportunity to travel to Puerto Escondido, a beach resort southwest of Oaxaca, for two weeks. While on excursion, students will attend various lectures, participate in clinical visits, learn about region-specific health concerns, and have evenings free for personal leisure. We anticipate several other excursions while the group is in Oaxaca.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Mexico

Mexico is the fifth-largest country in the Americas. With an estimated population of 111 million people it is the 11th most populous country in the world. It is comprised of 31 states and one federal district, which includes its capital, Mexico City. A majority of the population is of mixed Spanish and indigenous descent, while about 30% are of purely indigenous ancestry, and 10% are of European descent. Spanish is the official language and various Mayan dialects, Nahuatl, and other indigenous languages are also spoken.

Mexico borders the United States in the north, the Gulf of Mexico (including its arm, the Bay of Campeche) and the Caribbean Sea in the east, Belize and Guatemala in the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean in the south and west. Due to the diverse climatic conditions afforded by its geography and to a historic tradition of more than 3,000 years, Mexico has a wealth of natural and cultural resources. It boasts a long tradition in the arts, renowned cuisine, and culture, and it ranks fifth in the world and first in the Americas on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 31.

Currency: peso

Language Spoken: Spanish

Weather and Climate

The Tropic of Cancer effectively divides the country into temperate and tropical zones. Land north of the twenty-fourth parallel experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months. South of the twenty-fourth parallel, temperatures are fairly constant year round and vary solely as a function of elevation. This gives Mexico one of the world's most diverse weather systems. Weather in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Research Your Destination

New York Times Travel Coverage: Oaxaca

US Relations with Mexico

CIA World Fact Book: Mexico

Oaxaca Times: English Newspaper