Aga Khan Hospital, Tanzania
Family Medicine Special
Your Opportunity to Intern in Family Medicine in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Family Medicine Special: akh-mcgill_family_med_special.pdf
Registration Form: akh_regsitration_form.doc
Are you interested in a 4- to 8-week internship in family medicine at Aga Khan Hospital (AKH) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania?
The Department of Family Medicine, Aga Khan University (AKU), welcomes McGill students and family medicine residents interested in working in a unique family medicine practice that is based in an urban yet relatively lower resource setting.
McGill’s Department of Family Medicine has partnered with AKU’s Department of Family Medicine and AKH in Dar since 2007, placing several interns for short rotations.
During your rotation, you can expect to see patients of all ages with a variety of medical problems including diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, malaria, failure to thrive, anaemia, diarrheal illnesses and MSK. You will be expected to take case histories - language permitting, as some patients are fluent in English but most speak Swahili - and perform physical examinations on patients, under supervision. You will also be reviewing your cases with a local supervisor. There will be daily didactic teaching and problem-based learning sessions with local family medicine residents and faculty, all in English.
You will also be asked to prepare one teaching session, in advance, to be presented during your rotation.
AKU is one of nine agencies in the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), a group of private development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have mandates that range from health and education to architecture, rural development, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, the strengthening of civil society and the environment.
AKH, also part of AKDN, is a private hospital with a vibrant outpatient family medicine department, several specialty departments and approximately 74 inpatient beds divided into four wards, including obstetrics, surgery, general medicine and paediatrics.
For further details and forms, please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/familymed/undergrad/intro
You will be expected to work Monday through Friday (all day) and Saturday morning. Trainees are responsible for sending all the documents required by AKU and AKH (a list is available) and all their expenses: visa ($50), registration fee ($150), travel ($1500-2000 depending on time of year) and food/board ($50 per day). Lunch is provided free-of-charge at the hospital.
The Department of Family Medicine at McGill will supply you with a list of hostels in the area and will communicate with AKU and AKH on your behalf once you have confirmed your dates.
Belize and Dominica: Mental Health
In 2009 Dr. Mark Yaffe was appointed as a consultant in mental health primary care to the Montreal Douglas Hospital –based WHO / PAHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health. This led to Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building Projects in Belize and Dominica. In 2010 he co-led seminars in Belize on how primary care clinicians could respond to mental health problems that arose following natural disasters. In 2011 this was expanded to doing mental health educational needs assessments for GPs in Belize and Dominica, leading to him co-creating and co-leading learning modules on 14 mental health topics. In 2012 work is being conducted to explore this program being extended to other southern Caribbean countries using web-based teaching.
Our department has been involved in discussions with the association of family physicians in Shenzhen since 2009 and has recently hosted this group in Montreal. As well, we are currently speaking with the authorities of Sourth Central China University to determine how best to assist in capacity-building in primary care in these areas.
Since 2007, the department of family medicine has been supervising medical students in an ongoing participatory research project in the small indigenous communites of Cotacachi. In 2012, a 5-year project entitled TEACH (Training and Education for Andean Community Health) was initiated within the communities to train community health workers in prevention and health promotion for mothers and children.
Elder care in the global context
International: Elder Abuse
In 2010 Dr. Mark Yaffe was appointed the Inaugural chair of a new International Training and Education Committee of the International Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).
Ireland: Elder Abuse
In 2012 Dr. Yaffe was appointed an External Academic Advisor to a project entitled “Screening and risk Assessment for elder abuse in Ireland” being conducted by the National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP) at University College Dublin, Ireland.
Members of the Department of Family Medicine are volunteering to provide CME lectures via video-conferencing to physicians, nurses and other health professionals in Haiti. This project has been made possible through a partnership between the Haitian Medical Education project, Dartmouth College and the McGill Global Health Programs. For more information, visit: http://www.hmeproject.org/
For more information, please contact: alan [dot] pavilanis [at] ssss [dot] gouv [dot] qc [dot] ca (Dr. Alan Pavilanis).
McGill University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The McGill Department of Family Medicine has a “sister” relationship with its counterpart at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel. This collaboration, which was designed to facilitate ongoing dialogue and exchange, involves projects in the detection of elder abuse in primary care and the evaluation of family caregivers’ assessment of different sites for palliative care. For more information, please consult http://fohs.bgu.ac.il/