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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 527-BCM Shoulder to Shoulder Fnd. Honduras

Course Director: George Robert Parkerson, M.D.
Course Faculty: George Robert Parkerson, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 15
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Learn of the ongoing health needs and daily challenges faced by people in rural, resources poor countries. Understand global health issues in tropical medicine and public health. Learn how to improve the health and provision of healthcare services for people in underserved areas. Help promote self-sufficiency of local healthcare providers in Santa Ana, Honduras. Provide daily healthcare to the people of Santa Ana, Honduras and the surrounding area. Learn to rely upon history and physical exam in the diagnosis of illness and will learn to treat illness with only limited pharmacological resources. Have the opportunity to enhance Spanish language skills through direct patient care, with the help of interpreters when necessary. Understand the preparation and logistics involved in international healthcare efforts. Improve skills in cross-cultural sensitivity by providing healthcare and living in rural Honduras.
Learning Activities
Provide daily medical care to children and adults. Perform histories and physicals, minor surgery, trauma care, assist in childbirth. Approximately 1000 patients are seen in a two-week period by the participating students. (Usually 10-12 students) Conduct health surveys and research projects to indentify health problems and formulate solutions. Conduct health education talks on such topics as nutrition, breastfeeding, weaning foods, maternal and child health and family planning issues. Encourage improved nutrition, work to insure a clean water supply, encourage proper garbage, waste water, and sewage disposal, and proper household ventilation to decrease smoke inhalation.
Evaluation Methods
Each student is responsible for researching and preparing a lecture on an important public health or tropical medicine topic pertinent to rural Honduras. Faculty, residents, as well as other student participants in the elective provide oral feedback. Supervising faculty and/or residents provide students with daily feedback during the two weeks in Honduras and the use of "teachable moments" to emphasize important points. Family and community medicine faculty and/or residents evaluate each student each student at the conclusion of the elective using the standard Baylor elective evaluation form. Students receive grades of Honors, High Pass, Pass, Marginal Pass, Fail. Students will evaluate faculty and/or residents with whom they worked using an evaluation form created particularly for this elective by the Dept. of Family and Comm. Medicine.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Dept. of Fam. & Comm. Medicine - See Dr. Parkerson
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Rosa Olvera
Contact Phone: 713-798-3640
Contact Fax: 713-798-3644
Contact Location: 3701 Kirby, 6th Fl.

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