My time in Portugal was a quick and enlightening experience. I was able to travel and see more of this wonderful country than just Porto itself. I highly recommend this location to all students considering an European experience with reservations about language barriers. The physicians are very proficient in English, Portuguese or Spanish is highly recommended when coming to Portugal as they will help you in understanding local signs, menus and communicating with the patients. I assume the biggest fear is communication and the language barrier, at the very least, smiling and pointing go a long way.
- Henry Taylor Skidmore, D.O. ('18)
I participated in an exchange program with La Facultad de Fundacion H.A. Barcelo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I Overall, I greatly enjoyed my experience in Buenos Aires and could not have asked for a better time. I would recommend this program and rotation to anyone.
- Courtney O'Brien, D.O. ('17)
There's an old quote from a French novelist, Gustave Flaubert where he said, "Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world". This couldn't any truer of my experience in Portugal. I loved meeting the physicians and medical students, but I mostly loved learning how the medical curriculum in Portugal follows that of America which made the rotation fun. I loved learning from the patients and telling them about my American dream and my family story. Most importantly, I validated something I learned a long time ago and have always known to be true in my travels: even though we speak different languages, the language of humanity and compassion remain the same through different cultures and countries.
- Romeena Lee, D.O. ('18)
My international selective rotation was a fantastic experience that allows the individual to dive into a foreign culture while completing their rural rotation requirements. I would highly recommend engaging in the opportunity to study abroad and suggest this rotation to a colleague who may be interested.
- Robert Coppola, D.O. ('17)
My rotation was at an underserved hospital, Univerzitina Nemocina in Bratislava, Slovakia. The facility was the oldest hospital in Bratislava, over 100 years old. The physicians spent as much time as needed with the patients in order for them to understand and feel comfortable with their care. I had a wonderful well rounded experience and would highly recommend this rotation to other students.
- Meena Bansal, D.O. ('17)
As an immigrant from Vietnam, I obviously have a deep connection to the country of my birth. It has always been a dream of mine to come back one day to help the people and the country I love so dearly. I was assigned a light schedule in order for me or any other international student to see Vietnam as a country and not just a medical rotation. After the rotation I left with a heightened sense of the privilege I have been given by a career in medicine to affect the lives of others lives in a positive way.
- Thang Nguyen, D.O. ('18)
My rotation was an amazing opportunity as I had the chance to see and live in the city of Jerusalem. Being able to work in a medical system which is government supported was significant for me to experience as until that time I had only known the US medical system. Jerusalem is the mecca of all the various cultures and religions of the world, I would highly recommend this site for rotations.
- Daniel Bral, D.O. ('18)
I attended Fernando Pessoa hospital as an international student for one month with two other NSU medical students. The rotation consisted of (4) 1-week specialties including Urology, Pediatrics ER and Clinic, Geriatrics, Physical Therapy and Internal Medicine. This was one absolutely one of the best experiences of my medical school career. During lunch and dinner, physicians would eat with nurses and technicians all together in the same dining hall as did patients and families. There was always a sense of comraderie with colleagues and communication between nurses and physicians was always effective and purposeful. The best advice I can give to future students is to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can about the people, food and culture.
- Gopi Naik, D.O. ('18)
I rotated at the Philippine General Hospital which is the largest government hospital. My rotation with the pediatric Infectious Disease Team exposed me to very interesting cases of TB that I only remember reading from books. I would highly recommend this and it was refreshing to see the medical team’s resourcefulness and hard work in providing the needs of patients.
- Fatima Ramirez, D.O. ('17)
When I first learned about the unique opportunity Nova provided fourth years to take part in an international medically underserved selective, I knew I wanted to work in India. Nova gave me the opportunity to visit my family, explore my birth city, and experience how medicine is practiced in a foreign country.
- Ashwini Ajjegowda, D.O. ('17)
Cayman Brac offers a unique look at socialized medicine through the British Health Service System, on the uniquely remote, rural and exotic island of Cayman Brac. I took the opportunity to study under the preceptorship of Dr. Srirangan Velusamy, General Surgeon and Medical Director of Faith Hospital. On various days, I observed an ophthalmologist, a dermatologist, and an orthopedic surgeon who were visiting.
- Foster Scott Lerner, D.O. ('18)
I had completed a family medicine rotation at Four Counties Health Services in Newbury in Southwest Ontario that is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario... Because of the rurality, my ambulatory days included a variety of care visits. I had the opportunity to obtain histories, perform physicals and minor procedures, as well as devising assessment and plans.
- Benjamin Tan, D.O. ('18)
I rotated through Battambang Provincial Hospital in Battambang, Cambodia. I rotated through several departments, including pediatrics, ICU, and trauma surgery in order to get a better understanding of the Cambodian health system. I spent a lot of time in the pediatrics department. I would recommend this rotation for anyone looking to experience medicine in a whole new light and want to develop.
- Lucy Kahn, D.O. ('17)
We traveled to Doula, Cameroon and I knew it was a French-speaking country but I quickly realized that I could not get by on my small knowledge of French I had previously learned in school. There was no access to oxygen so all the surgeries were done without general anesthesia. It was amazing to see the bravery of these patients and the skills and composure of the healthcare professionals.
- Sara Bloom, D.O. ('18)
Thanks to Nova Southeastern University, I had the opportunity to complete an international rotation in my hometown in Toronto. Being able to interact and spend time in my hometown was very important to me and I was glad I was able to do so.
- Chaitya Parikh, D.O. ('18)
My desire to do a rotation in the Philippines directly stems from my roots as it is my home. I knew I wanted to give back to my fellow Filipinos. I was greeted with such warm spirits and smiles by the entire staff of Ospital ng Maynila.
- Justin Limtong, D.O. ('17)
Anthony J. Silvagni, D.O., PharmD, MS, FACOFP Dist., FCPP Program Director, International Medicine Dean Emeritus Telephone: (954) 262-1589 Fax: (954) 262-3806
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Comenius University in Bratislava is the largest university in Slovakia, with most of its faculties located in Bratislava. It was founded in 1919, shortly after the creation of Czechoslovakia. It is named after Jan Amos Comenius, a 17th-century Czech teacher and philosopher. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, with around half a million inhabitants is the largest city in the country. The city lies on both sides of the river Danube and it is an important industrial, cultural, educational and science center in the region. Bratislava is a European City offering a harmonious blend of modern life within the charming background of old-world architecture reflecting its rich history.
Many churches, narrow medieval lanes, Saint Michael’s Gate with the rest of the remains of the medieval town fortifications, Old Townhall and series of architecturally attractive palaces, sites and town houses of various styles, form the characteristic flavor of the city.Overall, Bratislava is a metropolitan city of European importance, offering a student all the comforts of a modern city at an affordable price.
The Medical University of Graz is a young university with a long-standing tradition: As early as 1863 much emphasis was put on medical research and the education of new physicians, both of which proved to be very successful. In January 2004 the former Faculty of Medicine was replaced by an autonomous university. The core competencies of the Medical University of Graz are: high-standard training and education, research at an international level and continuous improvement of top-quality medicine. Additionally, the orientation toward the bio-psycho-social model is one of the main concerns of the university.
Due to its rich cultural past and present, Austria is cherished by people worldwide. The varied landscape is of great importance to tourism. There are many ski resorts and in the summer there are a multitude of opportunities for hiking and climbing or for water sports on the numerous lakes.
The University of Porto, is a public university located in the city of Porto. Founded in 1911, it has a large community of over 30,000 students, including around 3,280 international students. With a recent expansion of research and development activity, the University of Porto has developed a strong output of research. Among the most recognized of the school’s research centers are the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology and the Research Institute of Computer Systems. The city boasts an extensive history, interesting tourist attractions and a buzzing nightlife.
There is a lot to see and do in Porto and the city will appeal to a wide range of different visitors. Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plazas of the Avenida dos Aliados. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the mighty Douro River.
In Barceló Foundation students are stimulated to lead the field of health science with defined social principles regarding democracy, humanism and ethics. From their first subjects, students are submerged into the defining world of health. They are also stimulated to develop critical thinking and commit to the reality with which they have to interact. The curriculum content is planned to create future leaders that can face a reality that’s becoming more and more complex, multi-faceted and interdisciplinary.
Buenos Aires location: Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. Approximately three million people live in the City of Buenos Aires (the Federal Capital of Argentina with 202 km² [78.3 mi²]). The City is divided into 48 districts or barrios (neighborhoods). Its metropolitan area, Great Buenos Aires (Gran Buenos Aires), is the 22nd most populated urban center in the world with over 14 million people.
La Rioja location: Located on the foot of the Velasco Sierras 725 miles from Buenos Aires. The city has a population of almost 150,000 with a well diverse economy. The climate of La Rioja City is dry and hot with temperatures ranging from 21ºC to 35ºC in Summer and from 5ºC to 20ºC in Winter. Topographically, the area is arid due to the dryness of the air and to the sand lay which is sensitive to the hot action from the sun. In order to get to this area, one can do it by plane arriving at "Capitán Vicente A. Almonacid" Airport 7 Km away from the city center.
Santo Tomé: Located in the province of Corrientes in Argentina and it borders with the brazilian city of São Borja in Rio Grande do Sul. Dedicated exclusively to the teaching of "Sciences de la Salud", and according to its precepts, your vocation is:
"The professional training of exceptional quality, with solid scientific bases and deep humanistic roots. Having as a consolidation and merger an investigator faculty, leaders in knowledge and to get answers to specific needs in a study of the health-illness process, local impact, having as primary objective the promotion of health and prevention disease”.
With over 40 years of trajectory in the continuing education of health professionals, the BARCELÓ FOUNDATION is not only sinomimo of scientific knowledge and academics as it is also a tool for transmitting values, guided the formation of professionals committed to the current problems in the field of health.