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Virtual International Medicine

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer

Location:

Virtual (Dominican Republic)

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

3.25 GPA. No prerequisite. Preference given to majors in Health & Human Physiology, Biology, pre-health care related major. Preference given to juniors and seniors.

Application Deadline:

April 15th

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Summer study abroad programs will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

Course Information

Course Goals and Objectives

Students will observe health-care professionals in various hospital/clinic settings and interact with patients. Possibly even more important, it is expected that students, through the personal interaction with patients and other experiences, will obtain firsthand experience on cultural, social, and economic aspects in the Dominican Republic.

Syllabus

A syllabus for the Summer 2021 session is provided below.

Faculty Director

Led by Dr. Ray Fagenbaum, Department of Health and Human Physiology

Transcripts and Grading

Participants are awarded a University of Iowa transcript, and are graded using US letter grades.

This course provides 3 semester hours of resident credit.

This course satisfies a major elective for both the UI’s BA in Health and Human Physiology and the BS in Human Physiology. This course will also count for 1 credit of Honors Experiential Learning.

Course Dates

This Summer virtual course will run June 21, 2021 - July 9, 2021

This online course will utilize lectures, guided virtual tours, readings, discussions, and writing to provide real world experience handling patients and global cultural implications.

Virtual Study Abroad Info Session

Coming soon, watch your email for more information.

Join Professor Fagenbaum for a Zoom info session to learn more about the course and ask questions!

For More Information

Please contact Faculty Director Ray Fagenbaum ray-fagenbaum@uiowa.edu or Program Coordinator Ryan Ourada ryan-ourada@uiowa.edu

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Summer study abroad programs will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

The virtual program will be centered in historic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the city is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. Students will have numerous opportunities to delve into local culture, including rum distillation, The Merengue, and cigar production.

A majority of the coursework will be done through Hospital Dario Contreras and Hospital Municipal de Engombe, where students will interact live with medical professionals in a variety of roles. Students will be able to analyze patients and look at treatment plans in real time.

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Summer study abroad programs will be run in a remote, virtual format. This course will not involve international travel.

This course provides students with the opportunity to interact virtually with medical staff and patients at Hospital Dario Contreras and Hospital Municipal de Engombe, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The course will be structured in:

1. Online lectures on clinical anatomy and pathophysiological aspects of relevant diseases.

2. Virtual visitations of patients in various health care settings. During these interactions, students will learn to take patient histories and will observe health care professionals.

3. Grand Rounds: Students will report to the other students and to the course director/instructors about each day’s patient interactions (based on the patient history form).

Eligibility

  • GPA: 3.25 UI and cumulative
  • Open to undergraduates with preference given to students in majors in Health & Human Physiology, Biology, or pre-health care related major
  • Preference given to juniors and seniors
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa

Application

Applications open: February 15, 2021
Application Deadline: *April 15, 2021*
Program Confirmation Deadline: *April 29, 2021*

Early applications are encouraged.

UI Study Abroad Application

UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form must be submitted by the application deadline. Late applications will not be considered.

Cost

The billed cost for participating students will be $1,800. This includes 3 s.h. of course credit and is comparable to tuition for all 3 s.h. courses offered through the University of Iowa over the summer. This includes a one time fee for video software to view course content. PDFCost Sheet

Scholarships

This program qualifies for Study Abroad Scholarships.

Confirmation Materials

Next Steps:

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Virtual Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host organization will potentially be forfeited.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation dedaline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%