Border Health Scholar Program in Texas- medical, public health students, health related fields, and medical residents- Open Deadline

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http://steer.uthscsa.edu

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)—
the UT medical school that serves the South Texas/Border Region—offers
unique field experiences at the U.S.-Mexico Border for students
enrolled in U.S. MD/MPH, medical, public health, and other health
professions degree programs. This 4-week elective is presented by the
South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) program,
based in Laredo since 1996 and Harlingen since 2004.

Housing and tuition provided for enrolled students/residents

Stipends available for Family and Community Medicine Residents

WHO ATTENDS? Several times each year, approximately 7 to 15 students
from accredited health professions schools across the country are
invited to join the Border Health Scholars Program. Participants study
Harlingen/Matamoros for 4 weeks. More than 400 health professions
students from 30 states have participated in this 4-week experience.
Spanish is not required.

CAN I GET CREDIT FOR THIS? Most institutions grant 3-4 credits toward
a medical degree, public health or other health professions degree, or
cross-credits for an MD/MPH degree. We are happy to provide any
information your school requires.

WHAT WILL I LEARN? If you are interested in international health,
public health, or environmental health, this is an unforgettable in
vivo experience that will help you see new career opportunities. You
will learn from dozens of health practitioners in clinics and
hospitals, researchers, promotoras (community health workers), and
front-line public health workers on both sides of the Border. These
dedicated individuals face the challenges of emerging and re-emerging
infectious diseases, rapid growth and industrialization, poverty, lack
of sanitation, and water pollution. You will explore cultural
differences that impact health and medical practice, and learn about
community-based research in childhood asthma, diabetes and obesity.
You will hear about a host of environmental exposures, including
pesticides among migrant farm workers, lead, mercury, indoor air
pollutants, mold, allergens, and exposures that can affect the
endocrine, nervous and respiratory systems. Experts will teach you
about binational TB programs, migrant farm work issues, rabies and
vector control. You will participate in instructional visits to
colonias, farmacias (Mexican Pharmacies), as well as learn about ship
inspections. And you will have ample time to reflect upon your
experiences with your instructors and classmates while you enjoy a
colorful, historic, and culturally rich region.

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY:

“Uniquely the best program I have attended in my academic career. It
taught me invaluable information that will stick with me for a
lifetime.”

“The issues facing South Texas are in large measure those facing the
nation and, more importantly, the planet. I wish that all of my
colleagues, indeed all Americans, could have this kind of experience.”

“A phenomenal ‘eye opener.’”

WHEN IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?

Openings are available in the following 2009 session:

LAREDO, TEXAS / NUEVO
LAREDO
HARLINGEN, TEXAS / MATAMOROS

January 5, 2009 – January 30, 2009 (2
openings)
April 6, 2009 – April 30, 2009 (6 openings)

February 2, 2009 – February 27, 2009 (2
openings) June
1, 2009 – June 26, 2009

May 18, 2009 – June 12,
2009
July 6, 2009 – July 31, 2009

July 6, 2009 – July 31, 2009

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? See our website http://steer.uthscsa.edu
for information and a downloadable application, or contact us
directly: st…@uthscsa.edu. STEER is directed by Claudia S. Miller,
M.D., M.S., Professor, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Vice
Chair for Community Medicine in the Department of Family & Community
Medicine, UTHSCSA. Available activities vary with site and time of
year. Ask us for sample calendars.

AWARDS STEER HAS RECEIVED:
Spirit of the Land Award, Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee
Texas Environmental Excellence Award, Texas State Governor’s Award
Partnership Award, Association of Physician Assistant Programs

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