Primary Health Care Clinical Elective in Ecuador Program will involve a
variety of clinical and health education experiences.
include physical-clinical examinations
and follow up, community
education and clinical shadowing. Students will work
alongside medical technicians and physicians from the
Ministry of Health
and Catholic University of Ecuador. Students will also
have the opportunity to participate in home visits to research and
conduct interventions related to the social, cultural and economic
issues associated with the risk factor of Chagas disease. The
objectives of the program are to:
Provide quality primary care and health education to
Provide opportunities for hands on clinical experience
and cultural exchange with Ecuadorian health care
Give exposure to different healthcare settings and
Develop professionalism and cultural competence.
Explore healthcare in low resources settings.
Experience In Rural Communities
Spend two weeks providing primary care in the
beautiful southern mountains of Ecuador. This Ecuador program will
include hands-on clinical experience with Ecuadorians from farming
communities. Students will also learn about how living conditions,
water sources, and access to health care impacts the health of rural
Students will work alongside medical technicians and physicians form the
US and the Ministry of Health and Catholic University of Ecuador.
As a team, students and preceptors will set up mobile health clinics in
rural villages. Students will also have the opportunity to hike to
home visits to provide care to persons with disabilities.
Watch Video about TDI Programs in Ecuador
Experiential Learning - Students teams will work in association with the
Ecuadorean Ministry of Health. They will assist in setting up
clinics in rural villages and provide assistance to the Ecuadorian
personnel in its operation.
Multiple Components: Preceptors and students will rotate in
different stations within the clinic including: patient intake and
vitals, field lab, eyeglass clinic, and clinical consults.
Experience Ecuador - Participants will be immersed in true Ecuadorian
Culture. Students will be working with Ecuadorian healthcare
personnel throughout the entire program.
in Quito June 1, departure from Quito June 15
Open to OU-HCOM, nursing and other College of Health
Sciences and Professions students in good standing (HCOM) or at least a
3.0 overall GPA. Non-Ohio University students also accepted.
Excursions will include visits to
cultural sites in Ecuador
Lodging will be in economy hostels or motels.
In Quito meals will take place at local restaurants. In the field, breakfast, snack, lunch and
dinner will be prepared by local personnel in the communities.
Dr. Grijalva for costs of participating in the
Tropical Disease Research or staying in Ecuador longer after
the clinical component to work in the lab.)
All fees may vary +/-$100 based on the size of
Ohio Nursing Students
Therapy, Other Health Professions)
HCOM Medical Students
(physicians, residents in training and other practicing health
care professionals that volunteer their time)
Courses and Credit
OCOM 8911 Global Health Rotation(2)
NRSE 4900 Special Topics in Nursing
(6) - Pre and post trip
work will be required of nursing students to receive 6 credits for the
HSP 2900 Special Topics in Health Science (1-3)
HSP 5900 Special Topics in Health Science (1-3)
PT 7930 Independent Study in Physical Therapy (1-3)
Application Process (Deadline
February 2, 2014)
1. Complete the online application
2. Follow the program
Year 3 & 4
OU HCOM Students must also obtain and
send a letter from your CORE office confirming you have
permission to include the program in your schedule and
that you are in good academic standing.
If you are NOT an Ohio
University Student, you will need to complete
additional paperwork as well as sign up for an OHIO
E-mail account prior to submitting an application. Please consult the checklist for more
3. Students will be notified of their nomination to the program 2 weeks
after the application deadline (February 2, 2014). Once you have been
accepted to a program you will receive a letter indicating additional
requirements for participation in the program. These requirements
include an application fee, program deposit and submission of a digital
photo, your passport information, travel itinerary and documentation of
immunizations. . You must also register with the U.S. Department of
State, and confirm your registration in EAIS. You will also apply for
International Health Insurance through EAIS.
4. A non-refundable deposit of $500 will be
required within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program. The
deposit will be applied to the program costs and deducted from
OU-Participants will be
sent a deposit slip with their e-mailed nomination
letter and will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of
$500 to the Bursar's office (Chubb Hall). Cash or check
Non-OU Participants will be
sent a deposit slip by mail and will return payment by
check to the Ohio University Bursar's Office,
P.O. Box 960, Athens, OH 45701. Please include the deposit
slip with the mailing.
5. All fees (including the
administrative fee) will be posted to your Ohio
University Student Account (You
WILL NOT receive an invoice by mail) and be due prior to departure in Mid-May to Early
June. Non-OU students must activate an OHIO email address at
https://www.ohio.edu/myid after completing the Non-Degree Application and
receiving a PID number from Ohio University Admissions. You will need
this number to complete the
application as well as access and pay
STUDENTS can apply to
participants can apply to the
TDI Student Travel Award
Students can apply to the
Office of Education Abroad
Summer Travel Grants
Application Packet (includes
application checklist and Preceptor
series about the TDI project
A series of 10 podcasts showcasing
the different activities within the
What to bring
A list of suggested supplies,
clothing and other items.
Travelers Health Information
Vaccinations required, anti-malaria
Logistics and Safety
TDI programs have an excellent
safety record. See details about the
logistical arrangements, email access,
Guidelines for Ethical Practice
The OHIO-Heritage College of Osteopathic
Medicine has adopted the AAMC’s
“Guidelines for Premedical and Medical
Students Providing Patient Care During
Clinical Experiences Abroad”.
Information about Ecuador: News and
Media, Tourism, Cities, Culture, etc.
Infectious Disease Links
Information about protozoan, bacterial,
Viral diseases and relevant