FIMRC is delighted to announce our annual Summer International Health Fellowship (SIHF) Program in Peru! SIHF is a four-week immersion and service program designed for undergraduate students, recent graduates interested in medical professions, and 1st or 2nd year medical students. The program provides an intensive daily clinical experience while integrating participants as part of an underserved community. Fellows will be based at FIMRC's partnering hospital in Huancayo, a city located in the central highlands of Peru. During their stay, Fellows will learn about the Peruvian medical system in substantial depth by forming relationships with staff and patients. The program provides not only a valuable experience for resumes or medical school applications, but will expand participants' knowledge and perspectives on healthcare.
Fellows will spend their days in a hospital shadowing physicians and performing rotations alongside Peruvian medical students. They will also be given the opportunity to interact with patients on a daily basis and scrub in on surgeries. For more information on our projects in Peru, please visit http://fimrc.org/projects/project-peru.
Fellows will also help implement public health campaigns and preventative medicine initiatives in close collaboration with FIMRC on-site staff. Fellows will travel to community centers in the city, as well as rural towns in the Peruvian highlands to promote community health initiatives. In doing so, they will teach children and adults how to avoid the most common preventable illnesses.
In contrast to FIMRC's shorter programs (most of our other participants travel for 1 or 2 week volunteer missions), SIHF's immersive nature gives students a chance to form lasting relationships and view an underserved population from within. Fellows will also have the opportunity to improve their Spanish ability through their interactions with local residents, though Spanish proficiency is not required to participate.
Fellows will be housed together with a host family in Huancayo, where they will be provided three home-cooked Peruvian meals a day. All clinic related transportation will be arranged and provided by FIMRC.
The program will be divided into two 4-week sessions. Please contact us directly if you would like to participate but are not able to travel during the exact session dates, as we are able to work with you to tailor your trip dates. If you would like to travel for longer than 4 weeks, we can easily accommodate that as well.
Session I: June 1- June 29
Session II: June 30- July 28
The costs of the 2013 Summer International Health Fellowship are as follows:
Program donation: $599 per week for the first two weeks, $299 per week thereafter
Roundtrip transportation between airport and site: $210
On-site transportation: $80 per week
Housing: $27 per night
All program donations are tax-deductible, and go toward the cost of providing patient care and medicines at our affiliated Peruvian hospitals and clinics, while maintaining the staffing and infrastructure necessary to provide quality volunteer experiences for our program participants. SIHF rates are significantly discounted from FIMRC's standard per-week rates in order to make our program more financially accessible.