Weill-Bugando Summer Program
Weill-Bugando Medical Centre, a Tanzanian-government affiliated referral and teaching hospital located in Mwanza, Tanzania, provides a truly immersive global health experience to the Cornell student interested in medical care and health services in a resource-limited, Sub-Saharan setting. Students are mentored and guided in their experiences by resident Weill Cornell physicians who treat patients, help aid the continued improvement of medical education in the region, and conduct research in clinical- and field-based settings. Selected students have ample opportunities to interact both with Tanzanian physicians and medical students, as well as local townspeople and villagers in their explorations of the city of Mwanza. The Bugando Medical Centre experience is ideal for those looking for a great deal of broad first-hand exposure to morbidity and mortality in a resource-poor, Sub-Saharan setting, with disease profiles in the region drastically different from what they are likely used to in the US.
During their eight-week stay, students stay in either close-by hospital guest housing or medical resident dormitory and spend the majority of their day rotating through the departments of hospital, going on rounds with residents and physicians and attending resident-led morning reports and case studies. An individual project to work on, ranging from aiding physicians in hospital based studies of disease to accompanying and assisting in research in local villages provides added dimension to the experience, helping students to gain a measure of independence in working in a resource limited setting. The program leaves ample room for the student of global health to pursue their own interests in the field within the lens of Mwanza, but with significant oversight and guidance from faculty and mentors in the field to ensure a high standard of education and involvement academically, culturally and medically.
Returning from their eight-week stay, students will have gained significant appreciation for the challenges and rewards that medical care providers and policy makers face in resource-poor settings, form relationships with passionate minds in global health from around the world, and have a solid foundation upon which to build their education and future contribution to the field.