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The objective of this elective is to familiarize the student with the principles of tropical infectious diseases and the practice of medicine in a less developed setting. This is a one-month rotation consisting of a two week didactic course at UMMC followed by a two week practical field experience in Peru. The didactic portion of the course consists of a series of approximately 5 one hour lectures per day covering topics in parasitic, bacterial, viral, and fungal infectious diseases of importance in less developed countries and general concepts in the practice of international health. During the field experience, the student will be a member of a healthcare team consisting of other medical students, residents/fellows, pharmacists, dentists, and faculty to provide clinical care in communities along two large tributaries of the Amazon River in the province of Loreto, Peru.
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