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Dr. Sujata Tipnis (Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center )  supervises Peter Holoch MS II

Participation is open to physicians of all specialties along with residents, dentists, medical, dental and nursing students of all levels seeking an international health experience. Since its inception, Himalayan Health Exchange has provided a hands-on clinical experience to over 2,500 medical, dental and nursing students and residents from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. A team roster typically consists of physicians, residents, dentist, RNs and several medical, dental and nursing students.

Role and Responsibilities as a participant: Physician: Resident: Medical, Dental & Nursing student: Dentist: Others

"Adventures in the Himalayas"
Article By Peter Hooley
(Dalhousie Medical School Student)
June 2002
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  • To gain international health exposure
  • To learn, develop and apply practical skills in non-traditional settings
  • To develop sensitivity to different health care delivery systems by working alongside local health care providers
  • To introduce participants to cultures and lifestyles in remote rural areas
  • To develop awareness by analyzing social, economic and health need

The focus is service and education. All our expeditions provide primary and preventive health care to the local population and a supervised hands-on clinical experience and adventure to participants. All teams travel to remote Himalayan villages and settlements and set up walk-in style, mobile, outpatient clinics. Work is performed in local clinics, monasteries, village-community halls or tents. 5-6 stations are established, each with a team of an attending and 3-4 medical or nursing students and a translator. Specialties may be utilized depending on the local needs and residents and students’ interests and areas of study. Overall supervision is provided by US board-certified physician/s and the team dentist. Trip curriculums are designed to enhance participants learning experience. Every evening on clinic days, a 45-minute to an hour long case study session is scheduled on every expedition. We always maintain a professional respect for the local health care delivery system as well as any religious or cultural customs associated with illness and health.

Oliver Hutchinson
4th Year Dental Student Newcastle, UK
Poses with his young patient 2004 Lingshed Expedition

Due to the nature of these camps, we are able to accommodate only small teams of doctors, residents, dentists, nurses, and medical students. In addition to excellence in delivery of care, important qualities in participants are:

  1. Ability to work as a team member;
  2. Flexibility and an open mind;
  3. Willingness to live with what's provided in remote areas, at times improvised;
  4. Resourcefulness and the ability to make the most of the situation at hand;
  5. A sense of humor;

If you wish to apply, please provide us with documentation of your work or student status along with a completed application, medical history form and deposit. Please read the terms and conditions mentioned in the application. Students don’t need previous clinical experience. Students looking for support for expenses should consider approaching their dean's office, college and medical alumni associations, community and business organizations (Lions and Rotary Clubs), religious groups and similar resources.

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