The Summer Institute in Nicaragua trains and places up to 26 program participants to volunteer in the public hospitals, clinics, and health outposts of 11 Nicaraguan departments/states. Participants assist with critical medical device repairs, translation of manuals, preventative maintenance, and other services.
Participants begin with a month in Granada taking tailored courses in both Spanish and biomedical equipment. Our partner, the Nicaragua Spanish Language School, arranges homestays and provides Spanish courses. Our partners at the Duke University Developing Health Care Technology Lab provide instruction on common medical devices and methods for making repairs in Nicaragua. Participants also visit the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health's central medical equipment agency for training with equipment under the supervision of EWH staff and Ministry of Health biomedical equipment technicians.
After the first month of training, participants begin work with an EWH partner hospital in groups of two or three. In addition to the main department hospital, participants have the opportunity to work in other Ministry of Health clinics and health outposts around the department/state they are assigned to. Participants are typically housed in a homestay during the second month to continue building Spanish and local/cultural knowledge.
The Nicaragua program offers participants an immersive Spanish, cultural and clinical experience. Most of the EWH partner hospitals in Nicaragua have some form of technical assistance; however, gaps in training and language barriers often prevent effective equipment repair. Participants work closely with Nicaraguan technicians and medical staff in overcoming these hurdles to make equipment repairs, execute trainings, install equipment, or perform other engineering duties for the hospitals.
SCHEDULE AND COST FOR 2016
|- All tuition fees||- Emergency health insurance with evacuation if needed|
|- Language training||- Housing for two months|
|- Cultural training||- Most meals|
|- 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|
2016 Nicaragua Schedule (May 16 - July 19)
EWH Summer Institute begins (May 16)
All participants meet at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua, no later than 10 p.m. Meet host families.
Granada, Nicaragua (May 16 – June 14)
May 17: Orientation and Spanish placement; first technical class; classes begin
Schedule for Monday-Thursday:
|8 a.m. - noon||Spanish lessons|
|Noon - 1 p.m.||Lunch break|
|1 - 2 p.m.||Lecture: Introduction to Medical Instruments and Measurements|
|2 - 5 p.m.||Laboratory: Working in Developing World Hospitals|
Schedule for Fridays
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Field work at Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA)'s Maintenance Center for Medical Equipment & Supplies (CEMED).
May 21: Group Excursion/Tour
Host Hospital (June 16 – July 15)
June 15: Travel to host hospital
June 16 – July 15: Work in host hospital, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., or as determined by the hospital supervisor
End of Program Conference (July 17-18)
July 17: By 1 p.m., all participants arrive in Granada, Nicaragua
July 18-19: Poster presentations and discussion
EWH Summer Experience ends (July 19)
Shuttles to Managua Airport