Rwanda Summer Institute


The Summer Institute in Rwanda trains and places up to 22 program participants to assist 10 hospitals with critical medical device repairs and other services. Participants begin with a month in Kigali taking tailored courses at IPRC Kicukiro in both biomedical equipment and local languages. The Rwanda program offers courses in Kinyarwanda to prepare participants for effective communication in the hospitals and around town. The courses are taught on the same campus as the EWH BMET program and Summer Institute participants work with the BMET students on an EWH Kit build and on other activities.

Our university partner, Texas A&M University, provides instruction on common medical devices and methods for making repairs in Rwanda. The Rwanda program also offers a focus on design and innovation with lectures on appropriate design. After the first month of training, students begin work with an EWH partner hospital in groups of two or three. Participants are typically housed in either homestays or guesthouses near the hospital.

The Rwanda program offers participants an immersive cultural and clinical experience. Participants have the unique opportunity to work closely with EWH trained BMETs who are employed at all partner hospitals. Although these technicians have received a high level of training, they are burdened with an overload of work and limited resources. Summer Institute participants work closely with Rwandan BMETs and medical staff to make equipment repairs, execute trainings, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals. Participants also perform innovation exercises such as shadowing and interviewing key hospital staff.

To view past participants' photos, videos and blogs, click here.


Cost: $7150*

*More than half of SI participants typically receive EWH financial aid.

EWH need-based financial aid and other funding sources are available; click here for details.

Cost includes:

- All tuition fees  - Emergency evacuation insurance 
- Language training  - Housing for two months
 - Cultural training  - Breakfast & dinner for first month
 - Pre-departure information and guidance  - Hospital briefings
 - Text book, lab book and all lab supplies  - Tools and hands-on instruction
 - Biomedical Equipment course and lab  - Organized group excursion
 - Tool kits and basic repair supplies  - Full-time in-country staff available 24/7
 - In-country mobile phones  - 24 hour safety hotline

 Cost does not include flights or medical care insurance.

2017 Rwanda Schedule (June 4 - August 6)

EWH Summer Institute begins (June 4)
All participants meet at Kigali Internation Airport, no later than 10 p.m.; meet host family.

Kigali, Rwanda (June 5 - July 1) 
June 5: Orientation to Rwanda and EWH; classes begin

Schedule for M T W F:

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Kinyarwanda lessons
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.     Lunch break
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.     Lecture: Introduction to Medical Instruments and Measurements
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.     Laboratory: Working in Developing World Hospitals





Schedule for Thursdays:

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Field work in local hospital

June 10: Cultural activity and social event

Host Hospital (July 3 - August 4)
July 2: Travel to host hospital
July 3 - August 4: Work in host hospital, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., or as determined by the hospital supervisor

End of Program Conference (August 5 - 6)
August 5: 3 p.m. - All students return to Kigali for presentations and discussion
August 6: 3 p.m. - Conference concludes

EWH Summer Institute ends (August 6)
Shuttles to airport for evening flights

Download application packet here for more details


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