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Columbia University International Elective in Uganda Pediatric Resident Rotations at the Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The Division of general Pediatrics offers a novel 4-week elective under the direction of Dr. Betsy Pfeffer in global health for PG2/3 in cooperation with Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. This elective will take place two blocks a year, maximum two residents per block and the blocks will be determined by the residents and Dr. Betsy Pfeffer. This elective will allow residents to acquire skills and knowledge in the primary care of children and adolescents in low resource countries and to contribute in the care and treatment of the common childhood diseases that are prevalent in these tropical environments. While in Uganda each resident will spend time in a variety of settings, including the general pediatric inpatient ward at Mulago Hospital attending work rounds, the acute care unit delivering direct patient care, and the malnutrition ward or the neonatal special care unit under the supervision of the local pediatric faculty. Additional opportunities include participation in the HIV or Sickle Cell Anemia Clinic.

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Each resident will become an active member of the pediatric team at Mulago hospital and interface with their postgraduates (pediatric residents) and pediatric registrars and consultants (attendings). Each resident will have the chance to attend ward rounds, clinics and lectures at Makerere University/Mulago hospital.

Residents selected for this elective will participate in a course of study prior to travel to Uganda. In Uganda they will rotate in a 4 week supervised patient care practicum, offering inpatient, outpatient and community experiences. Upon their return they will be expected to present their work in a public forum.

For information contact Dr. Bob Opoka at: is in charge of pediatric international visitors. Vaccines, malaria prophylaxis and a Visitors Visa is required.