In 2004 we added an international rotation for residents in Bolivia. The rotation is based at the Centro Medico Humberto Parra clinic in Palacios Bolivia and the Hospital Japones in Santa Cruz Bolivia. This rotation was developed by faculty member and Professor of Medicine Mark Molitch, of the Division of Endocrinology. Through clinical and didactic experiences, residents care for patients in both urban and rural locations. Residents see and treat patients with conditions such as Chagas' disease and its related heart failure, malaria, Dengue fever, snake bites, anthrax and Yellow fever.
Due to the high number of Spanish speaking patients who receive care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, this rotation is an excellent introduction to cultural competence as well as tropical medicine. The success of this rotation has gone both ways. We have been able to send 2 residents nearly every month year round which has provided the clinic there with much needed continuity of care and supplies. The experience and learning in this part of the world is life changing and residents are eager to go.
For more information, please see the clinic's website at Centro Medico Humberto Parra or contact Dr. Molitch or Dr. Didwania.