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  • Locations: Middelburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: CONCORDIA applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Health & Human Services, Physician's Assisting
Class Status: 5) Graduate Housing Options: Guest House
Program Type: Clinical Rotation
Program Description:
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Concordia PA students have a unique opportunity to learn medical practice and health education in South Africa. This program is a partnership between the University of Pretoria and a local LCMS mission school and clinic. Students will provide medical care under the supervision of a local physician at the district hospital, with an emphasis on infectious disease, especially HIV/AIDS. There will also be opportunities to work with a local NP to work with local school children. Students will stay in a local guest house and have some time for side-travel and cultural exploration. Join this unique program to get an important and unique look at medical care abroad!
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Academics

The South Africa PA Rotation program meets the requirement for one (1) elective rotation. Students will provide hands-on medical care under the supervision of a local doctor, similar to other US-located rotations. There will be academic work to be completed prior to going on the rotation, including two, three-hour predeparture sessions and readings geared toward medical preparation for the sort of pathologies expected in South Africa, South African culture and safety instruction. 
 

Travel Dates

This dates of this program with be one of the following, but final dates are still to be determined:
  • Rotation session 7: February 26- March 22, 2018

Details

Medical Experience:
PA students will work alongside medical students and clinical associate students from the University of Pretoria, under the supervision of a local physician at the Middelburg District hospital for three weeks. The patient population who visits the teaching hospital are generally among the poorer citizens of the region. The medical emphasis will likely be on HIV, TB, and child and family health. 

There will also be opportunity for students to work with a local LCMS missionary NP, addressing the healthcare needs of local school children. Other activities will be coordinated by the NP preceptor and may include a visit to the traditional healer and also public health outreach. 

Lodging and Accommodations:
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Students will have their lodging and local transportation arranged by the local LCMS missionary hosts. Students will stay at a secure local guest house in Middelburg, similar to a bed and breakfast where typically two meals a day are provided. 
 

Leaders

Pre-departure:
This program is administered by Professor Michael Toppe of Concordia's PA program. He will provide instruction and reading material associated with the pre-rotation work, and assist with logistics. 

On-site medical supervision: 
Dr. Nkombua is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria in the Family Physician Faculty. He is heavily involved in clinical education as the Head of Mpumalanga Academic Service Learning Campus. He is familiar with Western medical standards, and practiced for many years in Canada. He will provide medical supervision to students on-site in Middelburg. 

Local Hosts:
LCMS missionaries, Drew and Lindsey Berson, will serve as hosts to our students. They will make arrangements for lodging, local transportation, and assist students as necessary. Drew is the business manager of the local LCMS school and Lindsey is an NP serving as the school nurse and coordinates local HIV education and prevention efforts.

Requirements

  • This program is for Concordia PA students who are in the rotation stage of their program. 
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing with the institution.
  • Must comply with all deadlines for applications, document submissions, deposits and other payments.

Costs

All expenses associated with the program will be paid independently by students. Below are expected costs for personal budgeting purposes:
  • Round-trip airfare: ~$1,500
  • Lodging: ~$600
  • Local transportation:~ $160
  • Meals: ~$300
  • Study Abroad Fee: $50
  • iNext Medical/Travel Insurance: $100
  • Passport: $110
Total: ~$2,800

Optional:
  • Safari in Kruger National Park: ~$300
  • Travel health consultation: $30
  • Anti-malarial medication (if going to Kruger): prices vary


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.