This program is organized by Engineering World Health (EWH) at Duke in collaboration with DukeEngage.
May 23 - July 28
Facilitating the transfer of healthcare technology to regional hospitals through medical equipment repair and technical training.
Note: A sister program is taking place in Tanzania
Students will learn about healthcare technology shortcomings in the developing world and spend time directly intervening to address these challenges. Students will begin by receiving four weeks of Spanish language training, learning about Central American culture, living in a home stay, taking classes, and receiving hands-on training in medical equipment repair and maintenance, and learning to deliver technical training across a linguistic and cultural barrier. During the next four weeks, students will work in one of our partner hospitals in Nicaragua training the staff to use equipment that has been idled, repairing medical equipment, and conducting extensive interviews on healthcare technology needs.
· Four weeks spent in Granada, Nicaragua, dedicated to language instruction and medical instrumentation preparation.
· Four weeks working in a local hospital in Nicaragua
· A two day end-of-program meeting to debrief and share about the summer experience
Application Process: In addition to the DukeEngage application, students applying for this program must download and submit the EWH application available here. Please submit this application directly to EWH by the DukeEngage application deadline, Nov. 6, 2012.
Language/Other Prerequisites: Students will receive four weeks of language training in Spanish on site. Applicants must have at least two semesters of physics and two semesters of calculus by May 2013.
Note: Non-US citizens should contact the DukeEngage office (email@example.com) prior to submitting an application for the Nicaragua program for information on visa requirements.
Reflection Sessions: Your site coordinator will lead regular reflection sessions in which you’ll be expected to participate. More details will be shared with students once they arrive on site.
Neighborhood: Students will live in homestays or guesthouses for the duration of the program, no more than a 30-minute bus ride to the training center/assigned hospital.
Housing and Accommodations: Each student will be housed with another student in the program.
Meals: For students living with families, two meals will be provided each day. Students in guesthouses will be responsible for purchasing and preparing their own food. Funds will be provided to cover missing meals.
Communication: Each student will receive a cell phone.
Transportation: Primarily public bus, but also some combination of van and taxi
Volunteer Placement Logistics: Students will work in hospitals in Nicaragua (Managua, Diriamba, Jinotepe, Esteli, Chinandega). Our hospital partners vary in size and in capacity to repair and maintain medical equipment. The smallest hospital has 21 beds, the largest, 500. Many of our hospitals have no technical staff dedicated to medical equipment, and most of our hospitals, despite having a technical staff, cannot keep enough medical equipment in working order to perform basic medical procedures. Students in the 2010 Duke-EWH Summer Institute were able to put over 500 pieces, about $1,086,000 worth, of medical equipment back into service in 14 hospitals. They made a huge contribution, but the need of these hospitals is still great.
Opportunities for Autonomy / Private Space: Students will have free time during the week when they are not either in class or working at the hospital, and almost all weekends to pursue social activities of their choice or have some downtime.
Miscellaneous: There will be a social activity included the first weekend of the program.