Primary Care and Rural Medicine 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—Primary Care and Rural Medicine 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.
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:
Regional Teaching Hospital
Offers services to the entire state, including people with limited resources and indigenous groups. Students will rotate with local physicians through specialties including pediatrics, surgery, cardiology, and internal medicine. There is high prevalence of Chagas in this region and cases are treated at this facility.
Primary Healthcare Centers
These clinics accept all patients regardless of ability to pay. Physicians and Nurses provide health education, family planning, disease detection, and basic primary care services including vaccinations and well child checkups. Students will learn about common diseases, seeing firsthand how poverty affects families’ access to health care, and rotate at one of two clinics or travel to a rural facility and conduct outreach and home visits within surrounding communities.
Participants will rotate through three areas over the course of four days or more and learn the symptoms and progression of Chagas disease, observe the diagnosis and treatment, and identify the parasite under a microscope. The facility also conducts research on new medications and treatments.
Tertiary Government Hospital
Participants will rotate in internal medicine, OB/GYN, surgery, pediatrics, and oncology. The facility provides high quality care to working, middle class, and retired populations with government health insurance.
Center for Children & Adolescents (Optional)
This NGO provides underserved youth with meals, counseling, and job training in cooking, gardening, and electrical repair. Participants can volunteer teaching English, tutoring in reading and writing, and organizing art, music or sport classes depending on interests and personal skills.
Information about UC Davis’s partner for the program
For the Bolivia—Primary Care and Rural Medicine 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—Primary Care and Rural Medicine 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.