This podcast was developed as a part of CFHI’s virtual internship in Mexico. A group of three Princeton students sought out to better understand colonialism and its effect on medicine in Mexico.
“Hello! Our names are Matthew Trotter, Steve Lopez and Amy Cho. For our podcast we wanted to explore colonialism and medicine in Mexico as this is a topic widely discussed in the lectures we have been attending during our virtual internship in Mexico with CFHI. Colonialism as it relates to medicine is an important topic as colonials brought many diseases to Mexico, diseases which the natives did not have immunity to. This prompted the need for a variety of hospitals, each of which served different purposes. You will hear more about these hospitals and how colonialism continues to affect modern medicine in our talk. We hope you will enjoy our podcast!”
Access the podcast here: https://anchor.fm/amy-cho9/episodes/Medicine-and-Colonialism-in-Mexico-e133lot
For our newest Student Spotlight we introduce CFHI Alumni Ariel from California. In June this year Ariel chose our program Healthcare Challenges with focus on Hospital & Inpatient Medicine, HIV/AIDS and Global Health Nursing. She went to Cape Town in South Africa for 5 Weeks. A few months after her return, we asked for a short reflection on her adventure:
CFHI Alumni Ariel in South Africa
A little about Ariel:
I am a third year biological sciences major at UC Davis. After graduating from Davis I want to pursue a career in health by becoming a nurse practitioner or PA. Studying abroad was one of the experiences I was most excited for when I came to college. When I heard about an internship abroad opportunity through CFHI it seemed like the perfect fit.
Why she chose CFHI:
I chose CFHI for a number of important reasons to me. First, I wanted to experience living in a new country to really understand the culture and daily lives of another part of the world. I chose Cape Town because the city seemed like such a lively place with so much to do and so much history to learn about regarding Apartheid. The best way to truly get a feeling for another way of life is to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. I had never been to Africa so I was super excited to learn about a new continent and compare the healthcare challenges with the ones we face in the States. Also, volunteering at Community Day Centers and observing procedures at a pediatric hospital in Cape Town were unlike any other opportunities I had had in the past. Through CFHI, I was able to witness healthcare first hand and be a part of a typical day for physicians right in the middle of the action.
What is next for Ariel:
Taking part in a CFHI program opened my eyes to the different fields of medicine and global healthcare. Before I went to Cape Town, I thought I was set on going into nursing. After going through rounds with med students, watching surgeries, and attending lectures and tutorials, the experience influenced me to consider a PA program. Also, it confirmed my inclination that I want to work in pediatrics. I plan on becoming involved with one of the student run clinics at UC Davis to get more experience with patients. If I was given the opportunity after I become licensed, I would definitely work in a hospital in another country for a longer period of time.