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Rural family medicine in Burkina Faso

General Project Information
Type of Project: 
Date of Experience: 
07/30/2012 to 08/19/2012
Project Description: 

Rural family medicine clerkship rotation

Burkina Faso
Student Experience
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Description of Student Experience: 

The main focus of my experience was the walk-in clinic every Tuesday and Thursday. Here we saw typical family medicine cases, hypertension, diabetes, heart failure, asthma, URTI, etc. We were allowed to see patients on our own and reviewed with the staff. We became familiar with the paraclinical tests available in low resource settings. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we rounded on the medicine, maternity and pediatric wards. We had the chance to follow-up on patients that we admitted from clinic. There was also a large emphasis on public health. We were able to attend a regional public health meeting regarding Cholera pandemic emergency plan.

Organization Information
Name of Organization: 
District de Sante de Po
Description of Site: 
Rural hospital
Minimum Time Commitment: 
4 weeks
All year
Main Language Spoken: 
Other Language(s) Spoken: 
Many local tribes have their own language.
Other Information
Funding Source: 
McGill Undergraduate Medicine Travel Award
Program Cost: 
Level of Experience Necessary: 
Hours Worked per Week: 
Dress Code: 
very casual
Travel Details: 
Air travel
Housing Details: 
We stayed with a local family
Essential Items to Bring: 
Malaria prophylaxis, flash light, resource books, plan not to have access to internet, stethoscope, BP cuff