Please note this program is an unpaid global health education program. There is a program fee required to participate. This program fee pays for on-site services such a lodging, language classes (if relevant), 24/7 emergency support, coordination of rotations and/or placements, and on-site staff. CFHI is a nonprofit organization committed to fair-trade partnerships around the world. Please use the following code “HandshakeCFHI” in order to have the application fee waived when applying for a program on the CFHI website.
Like many other countries in Latin America, Argentina has developed a universal healthcare system and invested heavily in primary care over the last decade. According to Eduardo Bustos Villar, Vice Minister of Health in Argentina, “Access to health systems must be fair, equitable and based on primary care.” Primary care providers are a pivotal component in the overall strategy of Argentina to provide health for all. As part of this approach, Argentine medical schools encourage students to pursue a career in primary healthcare, whereas only a fifth of US medical students choose this specialty. Join this program and gain insight into Argentina’s primary care network and how the goals outlined in the 1978 Alma Atta Declaration are being carried out.
Rotate alongside primary healthcare providers, the first point of access into the healthcare system, at clinics, community health centers, and hospitals in the University town of Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina. Experience an often more intimate style of patient-provider rapport found in Latin America, a relationship and communication style central to successful health outcomes. During consultations learn more about low-income and immigrant patient populations who do not have access to private insurance. Take part in patient education, disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Assist local physicians by taking vital signs, performing physical exams, and recording patient histories.
Become immersed in Argentinian culture and language through conversational and medical Spanish classes while living with local students or families in Cordoba. CFHI participants may also organize weekend trips to destinations such as Villa Carlos Paz lake region, La Cumbrecita and other hill towns for hiking and outdoor activities. Within Cordoba city, enjoy the lively nightlife and vibrant cultural scene including museums, theaters and cafes.