An Introduction to International Medicine - Honduras

Build medical knowledge while engaging students in the fundamentals of international health interventions.

Students shadow our local medical professionals in Honduras to deliver critical health services to resource-limited communities in both rural and urban settings. The curriculum immerses students in our program methodology: community selection, community health worker interviews, pharmacology & traditional medicine applications, mobile medical clinics in rural areas, and monitoring & evaluation systems. The curriculum culminates in two live clinic sessions in our physical urban clinic in Tegucigalpa supported by advanced telemedical equipment to optimize learning outcomes.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Medical TeleBrigade by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:


Module 1: Introductions and Organization Overview

Coordinator and student introductions along with a presentation on Global Brigades (GB) health and economic development programs in Honduras. Self-paced activity: Reflect on Global Brigades’ holistic model and the advantages of an integrated community development approach.

Module 2: The Honduran Health System

Coordinator presents on Global Brigades medical programming in the context of the Honduran medical system. Self-paced activity: Reflect on the Honduran medical system and draw parallels to your local one.

Module 3: Community Selection

A community selection simulation and introduction to the specific community that the rural clinic will be taking place in. Self-paced activity: Students can explore the community profile on our website by visiting www.globalbrigades.org/countries/honduras and fill out the social determinants of the health worksheet.

Module 4: Community Health Worker Program

Coordinator presents on Global Brigades’ CHW program in Honduras and how they are a resource to support primary care in remote communities around the world. Self-paced activity: Prepare questions for the Community Health Worker.

Module 5: Meeting a Community Health Worker*

Live meeting with a Community Health Workers (CHW) to discuss the community’s history with GB, specific community needs, and their role within the community to support continuity of care. Self-paced activity: Use worksheet to research and compare other CHW interventions around the world.

Module 6: Health Workshop Preparation

A working session for the group to prepare the health workshop that will be presented during the rural clinic. Self-paced activity: Split into groups and create workshop using templates provided.

Module 7: Clinic Preparation 1 – Analyzing Electronic Medical Records

Group reviews past patient data (scrubbed to be anonymous) from past rural clinics and common illnesses. Self-paced activity: Continue working on health workshops in groups.

Module 8: Clinic Preparation 2 – Pharmacology

Coordinator presents common medication and use cases during clinics along with an introduction to traditional Honduran medicine. Self-paced activity: Group finalizes workshops.

Module 9: Clinic Preparation 3 – Mock Patient Consultations

Local doctor and coordinator conduct mock patient consultation to practice medical Spanish. Self-paced activity: Students review medical Spanish terminology worksheet.

Module 10 and 11: Urban Clinic Days

Two sessions shadowing our Honduran doctors utilizing telemedical devices at our Urban Clinic in Tegucigalpa. Self-paced activity: Reflections and observations from urban clinic days.

Module 12: Rural Clinic Day Recap

Coordinator shares recording of the mobile rural clinic and doctor recaps with the group on most interesting epidemiological cases. Self-paced activity: Group updates social determinants of health worksheet.

Module 13: Impact & Evaluation

Coordinator presents GB’s monitoring and evaluation program and the group creates their own impact report that presents number of consultations by illness type. Self-paced activity: Complete impact report and prepare cooking materials.

Module 14: Cultural Celebration and Final Reflections

Group prepares a local Honduran dish and reflects on the overall experience.

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