MSU medical student clerkship in Dakar, Senegal
IM 621; “Clinical Tropical Medicine Clerkship”
January - mid-February 2012
addition to the existing clerkship opportunity in Malawi with Dr.
Terrie Taylor, IM 621 “Clinical Tropical Medicine
Clerkship”, there will be the additional opportunity in the 2011-2012
academic year in Dakar, Senegal, if enough interest is expressed by
Michigan State University COM and CHM students. This is the fourth
year for this clerkship offering, organized by Dr. David Wenkert.
The clinical offering is to allow fourth year College of Osteopathic
Medicine (COM) and College of Human Medicine (CHM) medical students a
six week rotation in hospitals and clinics affiliated with the
Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, Senegal. The
rotation will allow the medical student to rotate in hospitals and
clinics of UCAD and those affiliated with it in various disciplines of
medicine. The enrolling medical students will be affiliated
during the rotation with English speaking Senegalese medical students
and/or residents and physicians. COM and CHM students enrolling in the
clinical clerkship will live on the UCAD campus or with Senegalese host
families. David Wenkert, M.D., Ph.D. will be present at UCAD
during the first week of the students rotations and aid with the
coordination of their clinical rotations and adjustment to life at UCAD
and in Dakar, Senegal. The six-week clerkship is to begin at the
beginning of January 2012 and extend through mid-February. A
basic speaking knowledge of French is helpful, but not mandatory for
this rotation. It is preferred that participating students have
previously taken the IM 618 “Clinical Tropical Medicine”
course, taught by Dr. Terrie Taylor.
UCAD, established in 1918 with the School of Medicine of Dakar, is one of the best known and respected institutions of higher education in West Africa. It has a student body of over 60,000 students and several faculties, including Medicine, Law, Letters (humanities), and Sciences. UCAD resides in Dakar, a city of over one million inhabitants and the capital of Senegal. UCAD is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean at a latitude of approximately 14 degrees. It has a tropical climate and the time of the clinical rotation coincides with its cooler season. By virtue of its almost continuous administration and control by France from the 17th century until its independence in 1960, Senegal is very much a “Francophone” country. Consequently, French is a language spoken much more frequently and is better understood by its citizens than English. (Wolof is the most commonly spoken native language.)
MSU has established affiliations with UCAD, including a yearly undergraduate study abroad program. The clinical offering of IM 621 in Senegal will be taking place at the time of year that the undergraduate study abroad MSU students are also present at UCAD (January through May).
Fourth year medical students who are interested in this clerkship opportunity are encouraged to contact:
David Wenkert, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Physiology
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