Pediatric Health Internships in Bolivia
Each UC Davis Summer Abroad Internship program pairs UC Davis Study Abroad with a partner organization that manages the personalized internship placements; arranges accommodations and excursions; leads onsite orientations and optional social events; and provides 24/7 emergency support. As part of the placement process for Summer Internships, participants will first enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad and then complete a supplemental application for the partner organization associated with their particular Summer Internship program.
Although Study Abroad partners with outside organizations for some aspects of Summer Abroad Internships, the official provider for these programs is UC Davis Study Abroad, and course credit is issued by UC Davis.
Internship Placement Process
After students enroll through UC Davis Study Abroad in the Bolivia—Pediatric Health Summer Internship program, they will receive instructions for completing a separate application and portal for this program’s partner, Child Family Health International (CFHI). CFHI's process includes a supplemental application. Note that some CFHI programs include placement and activities at multiple internship sites while others place students at one internship for the duration of the program. No interviews are required in the placement process.
Clinical rotations will start on Monday of the second week and usually take place in the mornings for 4 to 6 hours usually Monday through Friday for the remaining four weeks with Spanish language classes held in the afternoon (total 30 hours). Once a week students will meet with the Medical Director to discuss experiences at the clinics and hospitals. A lecture on a health related topics will also be provided. Students can use this time to discuss particular issues of interest, review their progress in clinic or bring up any concerns they may have. Clinical rotation sites include:
Public Pediatric Hospital
This hospital is a leading research center and teaching hospital, specializing in infectious diseases. Participants will rotate and assist with consults within specialties including oncology, surgery, emergency, nephrology, infectious disease and outpatient care.
Municipal Hospital, El Alto
This facility serves low income mostly indigenous mothers and children and is extremely busy. Participants will rotate alongside local pediatricians, including CFHI Medical Director, Dr. Cecilia Uribe de Chavez, and assist with patient intake and counseling on hygiene, nutrition, and newborn care, as well as physical exams for patients primarily from underserved communities.
Nonprofit Teaching Hospital
This facility provides both inpatient and outpatient services to street children and adolescents. Community outreach is paramount here and mobile medical unites provide free healthcare services to homeless children and adolescents in the poorest neighborhoods. Participants will assist mobile units with primary care and screenings, provision of nutritional supplements, and treatment of dermatological diseases. They will also rotate alongside local physicians’ specialties including internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB/GYN, neurology, intensive care, and trauma.
Outpatient Adolescent Clinic
This clinic provides medical, odonatological, and psychological services to adolescents. Participants will assist with patient intake, prenatal exams, and OB/GYN services for young women.
Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program
For the Bolivia—Pediatric Health Summer Internship program, UC Davis Study Abroad partners with CFHI (Child Family Health International), a nonprofit organization that offers health-focused programs, rotations, and internships in 11 countries. CFHI is recognized as a global health ethics leader and partners with over 40 universities to offer quality health education programs rooted in longstanding partnerships with local host communities. CFHI programs offer clinical rotation placements and public health opportunities (depending on the program) to provide students with a professional and holistic perspective of local health needs and resources. The Bolivia—Pediatric Health Summer Internship program is a customized program designed by CFHI uniquely for UC Davis Study Abroad. Onsite, a team of local CFHI staff will welcome students, lead the welcome orientation, facilitate all program-related activities in health settings, coordinate and lead the group excursions and optional activities, and be on-call 24/7 for emergency support.
Students participating in UC Davis Study Abroad Internships are eligible to receive Transcript Notation (TN). Transcript notation documents your academically approved internship on your official UC Davis transcript. By having your experience noted, it provides proof of where and when you participated in an internship. This is especially valuable for international internships that may be difficult for a prospective employer or program to contact.
Transcript Notation is a process you’ll start within the first two weeks of your internship placement through Handshake, the tool UC Davis Internship and Career Center uses to connect students and employers.