Programs – Costa Rica

The following programs are provided by IHCAI – Costa Rica.

Make sure you have read the information on How To Apply.

P07:

This experience lasts 6 weeks and is available only in the period from July to November, each year. Groups of students of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 are welcome. We do not accept students alone. The dates can be chosen by the students in the mentioned period.
The goal of this program is to offer junior medical students an opportunity to learn about health
and healing with a more global perspective by living and working in another country. Students
will have the opportunity to learn medical Spanish and directly observing clinical performance,
living in a different culture, usually with little of the technical and medical facilities he or she is
accustomed to using. The student will have a chance to see a different way of organizing

health care to achieve good results in the health situation of the population, as is the case of
Costa Rican health system.
This immersive and cultural experience has two very attractive pluses: an introduction to
tropical medicine with emphasis on 6 major diseases such as dengue and malaria; and an
introduction to evidence-based medicine with an emphasis on critical reading of scientific
information.
This program integrates the following components:
 Medical Spanish Course
 Clinical shadowing rotation
 Introduction to tropical medicine
 Introduction to evidence-based medicine
This organization has developed for over twenty years these components through its programs
P010A & P01. They are usually targeted to senior medical students and residents. We also
combine this experience with our long history in the training of medical professionals and the
production of systematic reviews by us as Regional Cochrane Center.
By working with students who begin their medical training, this program provides a brief and
dynamic approach to semiology to focus on diagnosis. This is intended to facilitate the clinical
interview and strengthen the doctor-patient relationship. This experience offers 60 hours of
clinical observation and 70 hours of training in clinical settings and evidence-based medicine
methods with qualified medical instructors. To this are added the 92 hours that the student will
invest in learning Spanish to be applied to medical history and the clinical interview with
Spanish-speaking patients.
Program prospectus available at: https:https://drive.google.com/open?id=1t6erBNApHgaXaC- w2wb901IDZ8KEgXJp
Online application available at: https://forms.gle/cyNudazAgR88ypdU8
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P01: International Medical Students Clinical Rotation

The goal of the International Health Elective is to offer students an opportunity to learn about health and healing with a more global perspective by living and working in another country. Students will have the opportunity to live in a new and different culture, usually with little of the technical and medical facilities he or she is accustomed to using. The student will have a chance to see a different way of organizing health care to achieve good results in the health situation of the population, as is the case in Costa Rica. The resources that are taken for granted in the developed countries like USA, Canada and Europe may be lacking at times. The students have an opportunity to be of service to the community and to broaden their thinking about future medical practice.

P03: International Health Community Based Clinical Rotation for Senior Physicians Assistant Students

This rotation is designed to give the student the opportunity to participate in the activities of the health team in the primary care network of Costa Rica. The goal of the International Health Elective is to offer students an opportunity to learn about health and healing with a more global perspective by living and working in another country. Students will have the opportunity to live in a new and different culture, usually with little of the technical and medical facilities he or she is accustomed to using. The student will have a chance to see a different way of organizing health care to achieve good results in the health situation of the population, as is the case in Costa Rica. The resources that are taken for granted in the developed countries like USA, Canada and Europe may be lacking at times. The students have an opportunity to be of service to the community and to broaden their thinking about future medical practice.

P06: International Health Community Based Clinical Rotation for pharmacy students

This rotation is designed to give the student the opportunity to participate in the activities of the health team in the primary care network of Costa Rica. The goal of the International Health Elective is to offer students an opportunity to learn about health and healing with a more global perspective by living and working in another country. Students will have the opportunity to live in a new and different culture, usually with little of the technical and medical facilities he or she is accustomed to using. The student will have a chance to see a different way of organizing health care to achieve good results in the health situation of the population, as is the case in Costa Rica. The resources that are taken for granted in the developed countries like USA, Canada and Europe may be lacking at times. The students have an opportunity to be of service to the community and to broaden their thinking about future medical practice.

P010A: The Latin Spanish Patient in the Environment of Tropical Medicine

The following programs are provided by IHCAI – For all clinical rotations, a fluent
command of Spanish is essential. If you need to improve your medical Spanish, we highly recommend you consider the P010A program that consists of an intensive Spanish medical course.

Medical Spanish course available https://forms.gle/xsvkuyPWEhZtSz1F7

Costa Rica.Intensive Medical Spanish Course and Introduction to the tropical medicine.
Duration: four weeks.

For medical students of all levels.

Click HERE to apply for this program!

10 reasons why our medical Spanish course is the best option.

P017B: Clinical Rotation-Clerkship for Costa Rican Senior Medical Students at Harvard Medical School

CLINICAL ROTATION-CLERKSHIP FOR COSTA RICAN SENIOR
MEDICAL STUDENTS AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL (HMS)
For Costa Rican Senior Medical Students (Interns in the internship year, duration: one to two
months). Students applying for this program must request an appointment for an interview at
the IHCAI main office in San José. Fluent English and good grades are required.
Online application available at: https://forms.gle/HqZ2a9AaZ5bAQsUc7

For Costa Rican Senior Medical Students (Interns in the internship year, duration: one to three months). Students applying for this program must request an appointment for an interview at the IHCAI main office in San José.